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* Campus Community Raises Nearly $140,000  for Capital Region Organizations

Campus Community Raises Nearly $140,000 for Capital Region Organizations

The Clothe-A-Child fundraiser included the annual basket raffles. Pam Rochminski (top) from Disbursement Operations was the winner of the "Everything You Didn't Know You Wanted" basket donated by the Division of Finance, and Kristin Lee ’10 (bottom) won the “Coffee Shop” basket donated by University Events.
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Campus Community Raises Nearly $140,000 for Capital Region Organizations
In continuing efforts to support local organizations, members of the Rensselaer campus community are leading the way with their annual fundraising initiatives that benefit United Way, Cloth-A-Child, and the Heart Association programs and initiatives.

“Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff have a tradition of volunteerism and philanthropy,” said Erin Crotty, director of community relations. “The generosity of the Rensselaer community makes a positive impact in our hometown and greater Capital Region each and every day. The United Way, Clothe-A-Child, and the Northeastern Regional chapter of the American Heart Association organizations all share the calling of providing services to people in need. It is obvious that the compassionate actions of our students and colleagues continue to make a difference in the lives of many.”

The 2009 United Way Campaign at Rensselaer contributed more than $120,000 to the Greater Capital Region United Way of Northeastern New York. In addition to employee pledges, funds were raised through a variety of activities and events, including the LiveUnited Concert, a bake sale, and the annual Jail n’ Bail event. The focus of the campaign was to increase awareness of United Way programs that benefit the community, and to increase participation. The campaign ran from Oct. 30 to Nov. 13, 2009. The total funds raised represent a 16.5 percent increase compared to Rensselaer’s contribution in 2008.

According to United Way, the Institute continues to lead the way among area colleges and universities in employee contributions, with more than 480 members of the Rensselaer campus community contributing an average of $245 to the campaign. The 2009 committee coordinators were Laban Coblentz, President’s Office; Marie McDowell, Human Resources; Paula Monahan, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Bonnie Skarka, Enrollment; and Cynthia Smith, Student Life.

Also, area children benefit from the year-round Cloth-A-Child campaign, established in 1974 by a sister paper of The Record in Ohio, to help children to get warm outerwear for the winter. Rensselaer has been participating in the program for 33 years, according to Martha McElligott, business administrator for the Rensselaer Union, who also works to coordinate the various fundraising initiatives that include: bake sales, date auctions, canister passes at hockey games, basket raffles, golf tournaments, wing tastings events, and more. Last year, Rensselaer raised nearly $9,000, with the Institute’s contribution representing 15 percent of the campaign’s total goal. The charity surpassed its goal of raising $55,000, and raised about $15,700 more than the previous year’s total of $44,000. Since its inception, Rensselaer has raised more than $100,000.

On the health front, Rensselaer employees have been avid supporters of the local chapter’s Heart Association, raising more than $13,000 to support the 2009 campaign. Recently, the organization recognized Rensselaer for its fundraising efforts within the region and as an educational institution during its annual awards reception. Also, Patti Mugrace, operations specialist in the Mueller Center, received an award for raising more than $4,000. As the spring semester gets into full swing, plans are also under way to launch the 2010 campaign, which runs from January to December.
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Volume 4, Number 2, February 5, 2010
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