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Rensselaer Kicks Off United Way 2010 Campaign This Month

Rensselaer officially kicked off the 2010 United Way of the Greater Capital Region fundraising campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 20. United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on basic needs, family support, and financial stability, according to the organization. The campaign runs through Nov. 19. Last year, the Institute received the Campaign of Distinction Award and a Gold Award for its efforts, raising a total of $120,420 for the United Way.

This year, funds will be raised through a variety of activities and events, including campaign pledging by members of the Rensselaer campus community, on-going raffles, a bake sale, and Bail for Jail.

The 50/50 Raffle will be on-going throughout the campaign, and tickets can be purchased from all United Way Volunteers. The bake sale will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Rensselaer Union lobby area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, members will host an Election Day BBQ in the Rensselaer Union north lobby area from 4 to 6 p.m. Meat and vegetarian selections will be available. All dinners are pre-packaged and cost $10.

Also, the annual Bail for Jail fundraiser will take place during the Division of Human Resources Benefits Fair that is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5, in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory).

The 2010 committee co-chairs are: Laban Coblentz and Diane Bamrick, President’s Office; Nicole Durrick, Lally School of Management & Technology; and
Vicki Rafferty, Finance.

The steering committee members include: Kim Cardillo, Institute Advancement; JoAnn Drost, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Barbara Dzembo, Administration; Denise Elwell, Government & Community Relations; Jacqueline Farmer, Division of the Chief Information Officer; Emily Luddy, School of Architecture; Marie McDowell, Division of Human Resources; Cindy Novak, Office of the Provost; Tanya Rautine, Office of Research; Sharon Simmons, School of Science; Bonnie Skarka, Office of the Vice President for Enrollment; Cynthia Smith, Division of Student Life; and Carol Wagar, School of Engineering.

United Way works closely with business, labor, government, colleges and universities, and human services organizations. Last year, nearly 80 campaign volunteers worked to raise funds.

For more information regarding the 2010 United Way Campaign, go to

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