Success of campus United Way campaign shows that giving is as easy as pie
Giving back to the local community has remained a top priority for Centre College, and faculty, students and staff once again came together during the annual November campaign to show its support for Heart of Kentucky United Way (HKUW). Funding more than 40 programs that aim to improve health, education and income, HKUW impacts the lives of thousands in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.
In total, the campus-wide contribution to HKUW will exceed $45,822 by the academic year’s end, topping last year’s total by about $1,300. The College is poised to break this record with the completion of Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity’s fundraising efforts. The fraternity raised more than $11,750 for HKUW over the course of the preceding academic year and has set an even higher goal for this year, pledging to raise $13,000. The chapter is well on their way to meeting this goal, thanks to the $4,788.22 they have already raised at this year’s Favors Auction.
Sallie Bright, performing arts coordinator and chair of the HKUW campus campaign committee, extends her gratitude to all those who participated in this year’s campaign.
“Once again, the Centre community has come together to support United Way,” says Bright. “November is a very busy month on campus, and we realize nobody needs one more thing to think about, but students, staff and faculty always come through for United Way.”
New this year to the campaign was the Piece O’ Pie Wrap-Up event, which took place Dec. 3, the last day of the official campaign. The campus was invited to make their final donations, enjoy a free slice of pie and, best of all, to pie a member of senior staff in the face in exchange for a $5 contribution.
Jessica Durham, engagement coordinator for the Norton Center for the Arts, took the lead on this pie-in-the-face idea and believes that campus leadership’s willingness to be involved in the event sends a very meaningful message.
“Participation of Centre’s ‘top dogs’ during this event spoke volumes to all,” she says. “By taking pies in the faces, they challenged others, giving both monetarily as well as physically.”
According to Durham, the College raised an additional $275 towards the campaign total thanks to the event. Donors had the chance to pie members of the administration such as Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays, Director of Human Resources Kay Drake and even President John Roush.
Vice President for College Relations Richard Trollinger also took part in the pie toss, and he and the rest of senior staff proved to be excellent sports about it.
“What a great opportunity this was to show that, while we take our work and the work of the United Way agencies seriously, we don’t take ourselves very seriously. It was a fun event, and part of the joy was knowing that the discomfort of having whipped cream in our ears and noses was for a good cause,” says Trollinger, who adds jokingly, “I personally had hoped that we might learn that whipped cream stimulates hair growth, but no such luck.”
Centre is already looking ahead to next year’s campaign, and Drake adds that she hopes even more of campus will contribute.
“The College is grateful to all those who supported our campaign this year and would encourage those not familiar with the work of the United Way to become involved next year,” she says.
by Caitlan Cole
Photo: Director of Human Resources Kay Drake takes a pie in the face from Cody Cook, area and shuttle coordinator, to show her support for the campus United Way campaign.
Inset photo: Vice President for College Relations Richard Trollinger (left) and President John Roush (right) get messy for a good cause.