Centre community raises record amount in United Way campaign
In the spirit of giving, every year Centre College dedicates itself to a campaign benefiting the Heart of Kentucky United Way (HKUW), a Danville-based organization that provides aid to projects and organizations in local communities and counties. Thanks to the efforts of a campus committee, faculty, staff and students, the total campus-wide contribution to HKUW this year capped $44,000—an all-time high for Centre.
The workplace campaign for Centre employees and retirees raised more than $38,900, making it the second-most successful workplace campaign since 2005.
Independently of the workplace campaign, the Centre chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity named HKUW their philanthropy this year and pledged to raise $10,000 for the organization.
Members of the fraternity served on the campus HKUW committee, and DKE Philanthropy Chair Parker Lawson ’15 headed up a Favors Auction that raised over $4,500. That, along with other philanthropic events led by DKE for HKUW, has put them well over halfway to their $10,000 goal.
“The DKE effort made all the difference in this campaign. Their pledge to raise $10,000 is a major boost to the College’s effort,” says Sallie Bright, performing arts coordinator for the music and drama programs and member of the Centre HKUW committee. “The amount they raised with the Favors Auction was an all-time high. It was a very focused, organized effort.”
Members of DKE were particularly focused on raising money at the Favors Auction, which featured such items for bidding on as dinner with Pres.John Roush and wife Susie, original artwork by faculty, staff and students, and delicious homemade baked goods.
“The silent auction could not have been more successful,” Lawson says. “This was the first year the men of DKE hosted the auction, and we look forward to being involved in the years to come. Our involvement reaffirms our commitment to making a difference for good within our community and working alongside the College for our mutual benefit.
“Personally, I’m very proud to serve as philanthropy chair for DKE and share in our organization’s success this year,” Lawson continues. “It’s a team effort and I feel like I have the best team around.”
Though happy for the success of this year’s campaign, those closely involved with the HKUW efforts are already looking ahead to making an even more concentrated effort next year.
“We would always like to see more faculty and staff participation. Instead of 29 percent of folks donating, we’d like to see everyone give. It doesn’t have to be much,” Bright says. “There are people now who may only give a few dollars, but they realize that Heart of Kentucky United Way funds 30 partners in Boyle, Lincoln, Mercer and Garrard counties, and they realize how vital these organizations are to our communities.”
Members of the Centre community remain dedicated to campaigning for HKUW in years to come—and, by doing so, helping improve the lives of members of local communities.
“United Way will always be important to Centre because the employees of Centre live and in many cases are very active in the communities it serves, and because Centre has always been very connected to the Danville community,” Bright says.
“Centre continues to play an integral role in support of HKUW, one of our community’s most meaningful organizations,” Lawson adds.