Mountaineer fans can show their school pride while helping the West Virginia University United Way Campaign.
The WVU Student Government Association is selling limited-edition Gold Rush T-shirts from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Thursday, Oct. 23the day of the WVU -Auburn football gamein the Mountainlair commons. The T-shirts are $10 each, with about $6 of that benefiting the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.
Shirts will also be available for purchase Friday (Oct. 17) of Fall Family Weekend in the Mountainlairfrom 5-8 p.m. at the welcome reception in the Vandalia Lounge, from 6-8 p.m. at the Family Night in Italy dinner at Hatfields and at 8:30 p.m. during the Mountaineer Idol singing competition in the ballrooms.
SGA President Jason Parsons encouraged everyone to buy a T-shirt and then fill Milan Puskar Stadium with gold on game day.
Together, the United Way and WVU make a winning team,Parsons said,and what better way to show your Mountaineer spirit than by wearing one of these T-shirts and supporting the good work of our United Way.
Campaign coordinator Brett White said the T-shirts were made especially for the Auburn game.
We look forward to making the Gold Rush tradition part of the United Way Campaign every year,said White, special events coordinator with the WVU Center for Civic Engagement, which organized the campaign.
He added that WVU is well on its way to reaching its goal of $240,000, with more than $153,000 collected in the first half of the campaign.
Weve had five successful weeks and are encouraged by the support and generosity of our campus,White said.As we enter the final two weeks of our campaign, I hope that anyone who hasnt given yet will take another look at the United Way Web site and think about how much of an impact their contribution can make on this community.
The 2008 WVU campaign, which runs through Oct. 31, mainly benefits the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, but employees may also choose to designate a gift for a number of unaffiliated agencies, United Ways of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania, and statewide-eligible organizations.
Last year, WVU s faculty, staff, students and retirees made the University Monongalia Countys largest United Way contributor.
For more information or to view a short video about the Gold Rush T-shirts, visit http://unitedway.wvu.edu/goldrush .