By Angela Nicol
The University of Calgary kicked off its annual United Way fundraising campaign on Oct. 13 with a barbecue hosted by Social Science’s Dean Dr. Stephen Randall. The campaign runs from Thanksgiving to Remembrance Day.
According to United Way Co-Chair of Operations Deborah Tamlyn, the United Way supports various important organizations.
"The United Way collects funds in order to fund non-profit organizations in Calgary communities such as the Centre for the Rehabilitation of People with Brain Injuries, programs for immigrant students, and transition homes for battered women," she said.
"The theme of this year’s campaign is Y2CARE–everyone has their own reasons why they care for various charitable causes, and the nice thing about the United Way is that it ties a lot of these very deserving groups into one very comprehensive campaign," said United Way Operations Committee Students’ Union representative Stefan Lohka.
Last year’s fundraising contribution to the from the U of C was $175,000, and this year’s goal is $199,999. This may seem like a large amount of money for a one-month campaign, but fundraising staff are optimistic the goal will be reached.
"Levels of contribution this year are already above last year’s, and we are very impressed," said Tamlyn. "One major method of contribution from the U of C is payroll donation, given by employees of the university."
Many activities are planned for this year’s campaign, including the upcoming Second Annual Fall Fashion Show.
"The fashion show will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 4 in the Blue Room at the Dining Centre," said Fashion Show Co-organizer Loreli Ranni. "It will also include appetizers from 4:30-5:30 p.m., a silent auction from 4:30-5:15 p.m., and a cash bar. The show will be emceed by Joe Carbury and Barb Mitchell."
She added that the event is limited to 250 tickets, which should be purchased by Nov. 1.
Also, everyone’s favourite annual event, "Pie the Prof," will be held from Nov. 1-5.
"SU commissioners are currently recruiting willing professors," said Lohka. "This event has traditionally been the best way for students to get involved with the United Way campaign, as donations of any amount can go a long way towards helping a good cause."
On Tues., Nov. 2, haircuts will be offered in the MacEwan Student Centre Courtyard. The cost is $10.