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Get revved up for United Way

Aug. 31, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Members of the Western Michigan University community are invited to get into the spirit of giving Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the 2010 Greater Kalamazoo United Way Community Campaign Rally.

2010 GKUW Community Campaign Rally
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United Way logo. From 4 to 6 p.m., some 350 of the area's leading companies and nonprofit organizations will come together at the Arcadia Festival Site, 145 E. Water St., to kick off this year's community United Way campaign. Participants can enjoy music and fun activities while raising awareness for United Way efforts. Admission is $5 per person and can be paid in advance or upon arrival. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance, even if they plan to pay at the gate.

Harley-Davidson giveaway
Sweepstakes rules

This year, United Way contributors who give a new gift of at least $50, or increase their gift by $50, will be automatically entered into a drawing for a 2011 Harley-Davison Road King FLHR motorcycle. In true Harley fashion, motorcycle enthusiasts across Kalamazoo County are being encouraged to use the community kickoff event as an excuse to take one more ride before the chill sets in. Special bike parking will be available at the site.

WMU group ride

WMU motorcyclists are organizing a group ride for anyone who is interested. Led by Lowell Rinker, vice president for business and finance, the group will meet in the parking lot of the Student Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. and leave for the community kickoff at 3:45 p.m. Questions can be directed to Rinker at lowell.rinker@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2368, or Joe Reish at joe.reish@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5202.

WMU's 2010 United Way campaign begins Thursday, Sept. 16, and will run through October. The University has established a goal of $275,000, which will contribute to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way's overall target. WMU faculty, staff and retirees should be receiving their pledge packets within the next few weeks, by mail or from a department administrator.

Greater Kalamazoo United Way works with 40 local agencies to help struggling individuals and families meet immediate challenges, and makes sure they have the opportunities and resources they need to improve their lives.

For more information on the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, visit kalamazoounitedway.org. For questions about making a pledge or donation, or to schedule a United Way meeting in your department, contact wmu-united-way@wmich.edu.

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Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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