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WMU tops goal for campus United Way drive

Nov. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has exceeded its $210,000 goal for the 2005 campus United Way campaign, and gifts continue to arrive.

WMU President Judith Bailey announced the total of "nearly $211,000" at a gathering of volunteers and donors Nov. 17 in the Bernhard Center. Since the announcement, more than $7,000 in additional gifts and pledges has been received. Campus campaign co-chairs Lynn Kelly-Albertson and Sharon Van Dyken say they expect contributions to continue to come in through December.

Bailey thanked the volunteers for their many hours of service, dating back to planning meetings and training sessions during the summer. "I appreciate that you do this [volunteer for the United Way] over and above all the other good work you do on behalf of our university," she said.

Some of the accomplishments of the campaign announced by Bailey and Kelly-Albertson included more than 300 new donors and five new leadership givers. More than 40 WMU donors made leadership gifts of $1,000 or more this year.

There were 24 departments and offices in which every employee contributed. The WMU Power Plant had 100 percent participation for the sixth straight year.

As of the Nov. 17 announcement, nearly 1,400 WMU employees had given $189,825, and about 100 retirees had contributed $20,780.

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

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