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Broncos deserve praise for giving

by Jeanne Baron

April 28, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of United Way ad featuring coaches Steve Hawkins and Colleen Munson.
Coaches Steve Hawkins and Colleen Munson with Buster Bronco
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University exceeded its $275,000 United Way campaign goal by 5 percent this year to move up from sixth to fifth place among the county's top-10 giving organizations.

The University is now ahead of PNC in that category and right behind Borgess Health.

• WMU figured in the "Top 10 Number of Leadership Givers" in Greater Kalamazoo, that is, the total number of employees contributing $1,000 or more to the campaign.

• WMU exceeded its contributions to United Way in 2009 by more than $21,000. That amount of giving put the University in third place among the top-10 organizations having the greatest increase. The University came in ahead of Eaton Corp. and behind the Bronson Healthcare Group by less than $900.

• Joseph G. Reish, dean of University Libraries, was named an Extraordinary Leader for his work as campus chair of the 2010-11 WMU United Way Campaign.