The West Virginia University United Way campaign ended on a happy note today (Nov. 13) when Campaign Chairman Ken Gray told volunteers attending a wrap-up luncheon that WVU had not only met its $200,000 goal, but had exceeded it by around $1,000 with donations still being accepted.

Gray commended the University community, stating that it was the caring attitude of WVU s faculty, staff and students that made the campaign so successful.

“As a result of your great efforts, I can report to you that we have again reached our goal of raising $200,000 for the United Way with contributions still coming in,”Gray said.”You have demonstrated that by working together, we have the power to serve our communities.”

He also recognized WVU s students and the Universitys faculty, staff and retired employees for their contributions.

“The students were a very important part of our campaign again this year,”Gray said.”They kicked off their campaign with a concert on the Riverfront in October. They also parked cars at a football game, and fraternities and sororities organized a direct mailing soliciting support for the United Way.

“Many faculty and staff members along with retired WVU employees contributed in their usual generous manner as well. I applaud everyones efforts.”

United Way assists 27 agencies in Monongalia and Preston counties which provide a variety of services to meet the needs of local area communities.