Centre sets record for United Way campus fundraising

Posted by Centre News in News 18 May 2015

Centre College students, faculty and staff have once again shown that giving back to the local community is a top priority, as 2015 marks the greatest fundraising effort yet by the College community for Heart of Kentucky United Way (HKUW).

The total amount raised during the 2015 campus-wide campaign for HKUW surpassed original projections, reaching $51,983.07.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to have a United Way campaign at Centre and we appreciate the support of Centre’s administration during our efforts,” said HKUW Resource Development Director Jordan Shewmaker ’14. “Centre has always been a strong community partner and this effort further exemplifies the College’s commitment to a healthy relationship between Centre and surrounding communities.

“Additionally, the special events hosted by the men of Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) were crucial to the overall success of the United Way campaign,” Shewmaker continued.

Students in the College’s chapter of DKE, one of Centre’s six fraternities, raised nearly 30 percent of the total.

“We raised the most philanthropy dollars ever by the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon this year,” said DKE Philanthropy Chair Tanner Lyons ’16. “The total of $15,126.31 surpassed our goal of $13,000 this year.”

Funding more than 40 programs that promote systemic change by advancing education, income and health, HKUW impacts the lives of thousands of people in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.

The successful fundraising by the 59 Centre DKE members was a yearlong collaborative effort that involved multiple events, including a penny war, the second annual Lion Chili Cook-Off, an auction and a leapfrog-a-thon to Frankfort, Ky. (pictured above).

“Every single one of our members contributed to our fundraising efforts, whether it be to planning some aspect of the event, soliciting donations or working a shift at events,” Lyons continued. “The idea that the money we raise not only helps put a family under a roof but also helps children receive more one-on-one attention in school really draws DEKE to United Way.”

The remaining $36,856.76 of the total amount raised for HKUW came from personal contributions by Centre staff and faculty. The College also hosts multiple events each year, such as an annual Favors Auction during which faculty and staff offer up certain services, such as car washes or meals, either at homes or at a restaurant, to raise money for this most worthy cause.

“As a Centre College alumnus and local community member, I am proud of Centre’s support of the community through the United Way campaign,” Shewmaker said. “We are forever grateful and are glad to partner with Centre to improve the quality of life for individuals in and around Danville.”

by Anne Evans
May 18, 2015