Charity drive surpasses
University community set new standards this year for participation
and money pledged to the annual Combined Virginia Campaign, which
raises funds for local and state non-profit agencies.
President John T.
Casteen III announced Jan. 18 at a luncheon to honor campaign
leaders and volunteers that pledges totaled $430,841 as of Jan.
14, with more money still trickling in. The total exceeded the
announced goal of $400,300 and the unofficial "stretch"
goal of $425,000, he said.
also increased slightly, with 22.3 percent of employees making
a pledge, up from 21.7 percent last year.
departments were recognized with special awards.
of Medicine ended the Vice
President and Provost's Office's four-year run as the winner
of the Hovey S. Dabney Award, which recognizes the highest average
gift. Medical School pledges averaged $287.71 per person.
The University Development
Office won the Jean Holliday Award with a participation rate
of 91.1 percent. Campaign chair Dolly Prenzel presented a second
award to the Department of
Athletics, which raised its participation rate from 23.2 percent
last year to 74.9 percent this year.
were also two winners of the Campaign Spirit Award for "demonstrated
spirit of giving time, talents and money": the Vice President
for Management and Budget's area, cited for its 65 percent participation
rate, 49 Day of Caring volunteers and exceeding its fund-raising
goal by 20 percent; and the University
Health System, which had 94 campaign volunteers and raised
more than $45,000.