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United Way campus campaign still shy of goal

Dec. 12, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The 2006 United Way campus campaign at Western Michigan University brought in $200,379 in gifts and pledges through Monday, Dec. 11, which leaves WMU $14,621 or 6.8 percent shy of its $215,000 goal for the year.

"There have been many success stories in this year's campaign," says Lynn Kelly-Albertson, chair of the campus campaign. "We are very confident that with a few gentle reminders to those who have not yet returned their pledge cards, we can surpass the goal by the end of December.

Among the success stories, Kelly-Albertson cites 223 new contributors and more than 280 WMU donors who have increased the amount of their gifts compared to one year ago. More than 1,100 employees and retirees have already pledged or contributed.

WMU's campus drive officially kicked off Oct. 3 and is part of the Greater Kalamazoo United Way's $10.75 million overall campaign.

For additional or replacement pledge cards or for more information, contact Lynn Kelly-Albertson, executive director of Career and Student Employment Services, at lynn.kelly-albertson@wmich.edu or campaign Vice Chair Sharon Van Dyken, academic advisor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at sharon.vandyken@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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