University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 14 2003

United Way Campaign Kick-Off at Concord, Tuesday, October 21

Athens, W. Va. - The United Way of the Virginias and Concord College will kick off their fundraising drive, Tuesday, October 21, at 12 noon, on the steps of the J. Frank Marsh Library.

College students, faculty members and staff members from Concord will be working with the local United Way to raise funds for local charities.

The United Way system includes approximately 1,400 community-based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated and governed by local volunteers.

Common focus areas include: helping children and youth succeed, strengthening and supporting families, promoting self-sufficiency, building vital and safe neighborhoods and supporting vulnerable and aging populations.

Concord President Jerry Beasley and drive coordinators, Associate Professor of Social Work, Ellen Darden, and Assistant Professor of Political Science, Jim White, will be joined by the Director of the United Way of the Virginias, Ulysses Cundiff, and Assistant Campaign Director, Matt Keesecker, as they invite the College community to support the United Way.

Students, Levi Bragg from Craigsville, Benny Brooks from Pineville, Carol Jackson from Hinton, Anna Mills from Wayside and Candice Riley from Northfork, will unveil the donation thermometer and place United Way banners on the College’s campus.

“We are excited about the campaign this year,” said Carol Jackson, “the faculty/student basketball game will be better than ever and we hope to achieve an increase in faculty and staff donations through payroll deductions.”

Assistant Professor of Travel Industry Management, Rod Blackman, will ask his class to organize the faculty/student basketball game. The game is an annual event used to raise funds for the United Way. It will be held in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center, Friday, October 24, 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

“This will be a game to remember,” said Jessica Wimer, of Franklin, West Virginia. “I’ve been very impressed with the initiative and enthusiasm of the class organizing the game. It’s been great! There will be a carnival theme to our event, we will have clowns, concessions and much more! I hope everyone comes out for this fun event.”

To encourage student participation, the College’s Admissions Office will be providing 15 DVDs to the residence hall that raises the most donations.

For more information, contact Dr. Darden, 1-304-384-6083, dardene@concord.edu, or Dr. White, 1-304-384-6061, jwhite@concord.edu.

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