pleas for local charity support
By Matt Kelly
University community can respond to terrorism with charity.
was the central theme at the Commonwealth
of Virginia Campaign kick-off breakfast, held Nov. 12 at the
presidents house at Carrs Hill. The campaign collects
money from state employees for more than 1,000 charities statewide.
C. Cattell-Gordon, director of community relations at the Cancer
Center and senior campaign coordinator, stressed to volunteers
Monday that this years campaign is very important. Since
last years generous response, the economy has soured, unemployment
is rising and much of the remaining charitable focus has been
on the attack site. He said local charities had seen a steep
decline in donations since the September attacks.
have to reach out to New York City and Madison County, he
said, Washington D.C. and Charlottesville.
the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign as the collective voice
of a community of service, Cattell-Gordon called for 100 percent
participation from the University community.
also invoked the memory of state Sen. Emily Couric, who died last
month of pancreatic cancer. He said working with cancer patients
is a reminder that life should be lived fully every minute and
he said Couric did that by serving others.
T. Casteen III, in his opening remarks, said the University raised
$522,000 last year, surpassing its $470,000 goal. He said the
overall campaign goal this year is $2.4 million, of which he thought
U.Va. employees would supply about 25 percent.
Lee Wootten, the Universitys interim community
relations director, said that through the act of giving University
employees can keep hope alive. She described the CVC as an ideal
way to help others.