U of G Receives President's Campaign Award from United Way

June 27, 2014 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph’s annual United Way campaign got an early boost Thursday night with the announcement that U of G won the President’s Campaign Award from the local United Way.

The award was presented at the 2014 Guelph Awards of Excellence. The annual event brings together community leaders, advocates, volunteers, businesses and others to celebrate local success stories.

The University was recognized by the United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin, along with Linamar Corp., as a "driving force" behind the region’s annual fundraising campaign.

United Way executive director Ken Dardano said U of G has raised a total of more than $6 million, including $600,000 collected in 2013.

“Every unit of the University participates in the campaign, making it a true community effort,” he said.

Dardano said the University campaign has seen increases in donations from students, faculty and staff, both past and current.

“Student groups continue to exceed expectations, raising $18,000 in 2013, and U of G retirees increased their contribution by 18 per cent in 2013. In addition, campus unions support the campaign through their own fundraising events.”

He also pointed to the University’s volunteer committee, which pushes the nearly 200 campus volunteers to increase participation and fundraising each year.

This year's U of G campaign co-chairs are Prof. Rich Moccia, associate vice-president (strategic partnerships), and Biomedical Sciences staff member Kim Best, along with undergraduate students Remy Marlett and Meghan Doherty.

U of G’s campaign will officially kick off Sept. 25.

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