UW Exceeds United Way Goal

January 9, 2012
Three people adjusting fundraiser tally
UW College of Arts and Sciences Dean Ollie Walter fills in the total amount raised during the 2011 United Way Campaign. Looking on are campaign leaders Jo Chytka, left, and Kim Zafft. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming's campaign leaders thank the university community for its strong and generous support of Albany County's 14 United Way agencies.

More than 410 UW employees contributed $122,500, exceeding by 7 percent the university's goal of $115,000.

The funding is part of the $400,000 total raised to support the network of United Way agencies that aid local families, the elderly and many others in need, including students. The 14 agencies also provide internship and other learning experiences for students and professional development opportunities for faculty.

"We are indebted to the employees of the university, because their generosity allows the United Way to help so many people in need here in Albany County," says Paul Heimer, the agency's executive director.

"Thanks also to the many leaders on campus who allowed the United Way to make presentations during staff and faculty meetings," Heimer adds. "This made a big difference in the overall success of the campaign."

Nancy and Steve Stutzman, this year's campaign leaders, added, "We are extremely grateful to UW employees for their generosity and to Tom and Jacque Buchanan for helping us have a successful United Way campaign on campus."

Many employees, across all divisions, have donated for the first time or increased contributions for this year. Those who contributed at least $50 to United Way are eligible for special prizes including 2012 athletic tickets, cultural affairs tickets, Brown and Gold Outlet gift certificate, a coal mine tour and more. The drawing will take place soon.

UW's campaign leaders are Nicole Ballenger, associate provost; Kathy Burman, Wyoming Humanities Council; Jo Chytka, Center for Advising and Career Services director; Ollie Walter, College of Arts and Sciences dean; and Kim Zafft, Wyoming Union associate director.

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