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WMU United Way campaign closes in celebration

Nov. 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University entered the final stages of its 2007 United Way campus campaign with a sense of accomplishment this week. WMU faculty, staff, emeriti and retirees have contributed $232,671 in gifts and pledges, exceeding the initial $215,000 goal, and donations continue to pour in daily.

"The WMU campaign has been an overwhelming success," says United Way campaign associate Craig Smith, "We hope to see the giving continue as long as there are people in our community who are experiencing hardships."

The campus community is invited to celebrate the success of this year's campaign from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the President's Dining Room of the Bernhard Center. Refreshments will be provided and a raffle will be held for everyone who turns in pledge cards to the President's Office by Friday, Nov. 16.

"The response we received this year from WMU faculty, employees, emeriti and retirees has been more than generous," Smith says. "The sound leadership and investment of time put forth by President Dunn, Bob Beam and the rest of this year's steering committee has been remarkable."

Among the success stories in this year's campaign, Smith cites 382 new contributors and 367 WMU donors who increased the amount of their gifts from last year. More than 1,200 employees and retirees have contributed to this year's campaign.

WMU's campus drive officially kicked off Oct. 1 and is part of the Greater Kalamazoo United Way's $11.1 million overall campaign.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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