Dartmouth United Way Heads into Valentine’s Day Finale

2/10/2015
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As they celebrate the efforts of coordinators, volunteers, and supporters who made this year’s fundraising effort a success, Dartmouth United Way organizers are inviting any last-minute donors to “share the love” by pledging in time for the campaign’s Valentine’s Day finale.

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The last day to give to the 2014-2015 campaign is Saturday, Feb. 14. The campaign has raised $270,000 toward this year’s $320,000 goal. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Dartmouth United Way has raised $270,000 toward this year’s $320,000 goal. The last day to give to the 2014-2015 campaign is Saturday, Feb. 14. Pledges can be made at the Dartmouth United Way website through Saturday.

As an added incentive to last-minute donors, President Phil Hanlon ’77 and his wife, Gail Gentes, United Way co-chair, pledged to contribute a $25 match for every donation received after Jan. 14. Three other department heads have pledged to match every donation received within their departments.

“Valentine’s Day is the perfect finish for the campaign, and that’s why we are happy to pitch in our personal match for the final month,” says Gentes. “By giving to the United Way, all of us at Dartmouth truly ‘share the love’ by showing how much we care about our community.”

Gentes and Executive Vice President Rick Mills, campaign co-chair, applauded the efforts of people who pledged, campaign coordinators, and other volunteers. The campaign added more than 200 first-time donors this year, exceeding the goal of bringing in pledges from 100 new contributors. The areas that boosted participation rates this year include Facilities, Operations & Management and the retiree community.

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From left, Kathleen Vanni ’15 and Bay Lauris ByrneSim ’15 work at the Order of Omega United Way postcard-writing event during fall term. (Photo by Libby Cornwell ’15)

This was also the first year that Dartmouth undergraduates joined the effort as campaign volunteers. The Dartmouth chapter of the Order of Omega, a sorority and fraternity leadership honor society, sponsored a number of events, including a drive urging students to write a postcard to faculty or staff to raise awareness about poverty in the Upper Valley, and about the help United Way can offer.

United Way is already working on partnering with a variety of student groups for next year’s campaign effort, says Holli Weed ’14, a presidential fellow and the student participation coordinator on the United Way committee.

The Dartmouth campaign last week announced the winners of the grand prize raffle:

  • Ellen Henderson, program assistant to the Montgomery Fellows Program and administrative assistant to the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery & Education, along with her family, will be spending three nights with lodging at the cabin of her choice at the Dartmouth Second College Grant.
  • Tom Drinane, manager of information systems for the Office of Sponsored Projects, will be skiing at Whaleback Mountain with his season pass.
  • Karen Schifferdecker, assistant professor for community and family medicine and associate director for the Center for Program Design and Evaluation at Dartmouth, will enjoy a night with valet parking and breakfast for two at Six South Street Hotel.
  • Gordon “Dino” Koff, director of financial aid at Geisel School of Medicine, will dine compliments of PINE Restaurant with a $100 gift certificate.