When Centre College’s United Way committee was deciding what goal to set for this year’s campaign, they took an ambitious approach. And, as always, the Centre community responded to the challenge with gusto, meeting and exceeding the goal for pledges and donations.
“Our community really pulled together to raise the most ever donated to United Way by the College’s community,” says Sallie Bright, academic affairs coordinator and member of Centre’s 2010 United Way Committee. “Of course, the real winners are the many people of all ages in need who’ll benefit from the generosity that our faculty and staff have shown.”
A kick-off breakfast in November signaled the beginning of the campaign, which came to an end during Thanksgiving week.
During that time, more than 140 faculty and staff members contributed to the fund-raising effort, with the College donating an additional $100 for every $500 raised.
“We were very pleased by the generosity of the Centre community but not really surprised,” Bright says. “This is a very giving campus, and that certainly can be seen in the total raised this year. With the economy in a slump, there’s always the worry that folks won’t feel able to give as much as in the past, but the campus community rallied in spite of that. And we had a great group of staff and faculty members on the committee who tried to emphasize to their colleagues the importance of United Way in our community.”
Chase Warner, who played a significant role in organizing the College’s United Way auction, says the entire campaign was a team effort. “We were ambitious with our goal, but we knew that the Centre community could help us reach it,” he says. “After discovering that we’d broken our United Way donations record, we felt pride rather than surprise. Our community really turned out to support the United Way.”
More than 60 items were donated and later purchased at the auction. “We were really fortunate with our donations, and the Centre community really turned out in force!” Warner says. “We auctioned everything from two free nights of babysitting, donated by student Kate Lenhart ’13, to a glass bowl donated by Stephen Powell.”
Several “Faculty Favors” were also auctioned off, including dinner with Centre professors and a dinner with Centre president John Roush and his wife, Susie.
A picnic for 10 guests at Preston and Kathy Miles’ farm and Powell’s work of blown glass were the event’s big-ticket items.