President Dunn hosts United Way rally
Oct. 10, 2007
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's president and first lady, Dr. John M. and Linda Dunn, will host a United Way rally to celebrate the generosity of those who have given to this year's campus campaign and provide more information to anyone interested in contributing.
All members of the campus community are invited to join the Dunns, Buster Bronco and campaign committee members in attending the "7th Inning Stretch" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.
Popcorn, peanuts, hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided and more than 50 door prizes will be given away during the baseball-theme event. Prizes include WMU Bronco football tickets, gift cards to area restaurants, Miller Auditorium ticket vouchers, massage certificates from Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts, and loads of WMU gear and goodies. The gathering also offers an opportunity to meet with United Way agency volunteers and drop off pledge cards.
All WMU students are encouraged to attend the rally and learn more about the volunteer and service opportunities available through Kalamazoo-area United Way agencies. More than a dozen agencies will have representatives present, including:
WMU kicked off its 2007 United Way campus campaign Monday, Oct. 1, with a $215,000 goal. The pledges and donations received through Tuesday, Nov. 13, will contribute to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way's $11.1 million overall target. As of today, Oct. 10, University staff and faculty members had contributed $74,833, or about one-third of the campus goal. This amount is the product of some 450 of the 2,696 people who received pledge cards this year.
"We still have a long way to go if we're going to reach our goal before this year's campaign ends," says Bob Beam, chair of the campus campaign and vice president emeritus of business and finance at WMU.
"We hope that everyone on campus will take this opportunity to share in the fun and join their students, friends, colleagues and others around campus who are stepping up to make a difference right here in Kalamazoo."
Among other programs and initiatives, donations and pledges made to the WMU United Way campaign go to fund programs administered by area agencies. These agencies, which help empower the people of Kalamazoo and create positive change in our community, include:
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