2011 United Way Campaign a Big Success
The 2011 United Way Campaign at Rensselaer contributed $98,597.50 to the United Way of Northeastern New York. Funds were raised through a variety of activities and events, including a community fair, a bottle drive, a cell phone turn-in, and a presence at Rensselaer’s Benefits Fair.
More than 400 people contributed, and the average contribution was $234. According to committee co-coordinator Denise Elwell, “It was wonderful to see the Rensselaer community coming together to help support those in need in our own local community, in these tough economic times.”
For all donors on campus, a grand prize drawing was held with Professor Martin Hardwick winning one year of free parking, which was donated to the campaign by the Office of Parking and Transportation. The following individuals and organizations also generously donated gifts to be used during the campaign to help thank the donors:
Best Western Franklin Square Inn, Buca Di Beppo Restaurant, Campus Computer Store, Changes Salon, Cheesecake Factory, Country View Diner, Daily Grind, DP Dough, Flower World, Francesca’s, The Fresh Market, Kyle Felton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hoosick Wine Cellar, Karavalli’s Indian Restaurant, Paula Monahan, Notty Pine Restaurant, Old Daley Inn, Plum Blossom, Recovery Room Sports and Grill, Rensselaer Athletics, Rensselaer Union Bookstore, River Street Café, Temple of Beauty, Terry’s Kitchen Deli and Catering, Troy Country Club, Bonnie Westlake, and The Whole Loaf.
The following individuals helped make the Community Fair a success, helping to bring in more than $1,000 toward the campaign:
Kari Bennett, Mary Kay; Yvonne Drewe, Avon; Kyle Felton, Massage Therapy; Kimberly Gardner, Temple of Beauty; Jane Havis, Tatting; Dawn Mantello, Thirty One Gifts; Pamela Murarka, Murarka Jewelry; Jessica Nash, Lia Sophia & Miche; Sarah Parks, Spark Tree Jewelry; Lauren Turczak, Party-Lite; and Ruth Vibert, Southern Adirondack Candles.
The 2011 committee coordinators were Charles Carletta, President’s Office; Barbara Dzembo, Administration; Denise Elwell, Government and Community Relations; and Dana Chichester, Materials Science and Engineering. The campaign will be turned over to Charles Carletta, President’s Office, Jackie Farmer, Information Technologies, Emily Luddy, School of Architecture, and Tanya Rautine, Office of the Vice President for Research, for the 2012 campaign.