KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University's United Way campaign is concluding its formal fundraising drive Friday, Nov. 15, and is sponsoring a celebration at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, as part of the monthly Academic Forum. Contributions, however, will be accepted through March 2014 for this year’s campaign.
President John M. Dunn and Buster Bronco will be on hand at the event in the West Ballroom on the second floor of the Bernhard Center where members of the WMU United Way advisory committee will present the president with a check for funds donated by faculty, staff and retirees. Dunn, in turn, will present the check to Chris Tracy, chair of the 2013 KZO Campaign Cabinet.
This year's drive committed to raising $300,000 for the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.
A number of contributors won prizes thoughout the campaign that included athletic event tickets, Miller Auditorium and Millennium Restaurant gift cards as well as grand prize drawings for a $100 gift card to any Millennium restaurant or an oar signed by Head Football Coach P.J. Fleck. David Reinhold, University assessment, was the grand-prize gift card winner; and Samer Shammas, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, won the signed oar.
Weekly winners included Joanne Baretta, Office of Field Placement; Paige Warner, First Year Experience; Carrie Leatherman, University Libraries; Christopher Cho, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Chansheng He, geography, Nina Nelson, dance; Gregory Veeck, geography; Melanie Greer, Office of the Vice President for Research; Krystal Jensen, teacher certification; Steven Butt, industrial and manufacturing engineering; and Zahir Quraeshi, marketing.