Despite uncertain economic times, West Virginia University students, employees and community members stepped up the plate to raise money for the 2009 United Way campaign, exceeding the goal by several thousand dollars.

The campaign, led by Athletic Director Ed Pastilong, raised more than $304,275.

“Working together, WVU once again showed that our employees and University care about this community,” Pastilong said. “I’m grateful to all who served as coordinators, planned events, and to each and every contributor for helping us make it happen.”

The 27th annual campaign lasted eight weeks, beginning on Sept. 14. The theme of this year’s campaign was “LIVE UNITED.”

“We are ecstatic about the results of this campaign,” said Brett White, campaign coordinator. “I’m so proud of our University for once again answering our communities call.”

More than 1,420 individual contributors participated in this year’s campaign, making it WVU’s largest. WVU retirees donated more than $30,000.

The campaign was part of the West Virginia State Employees Combined Campaign. It mainly benefits the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. Employees could also choose to designate a gift for a number of unaffiliated agencies including the United Ways of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania and other statewide-eligible organizations.

WVU students alone raised more than $32,000 for the 2009 campaign, said student campaign chair Jason Zuccari.

“I am very excited to see another successful year for students doing their part to give back to the community. We doubled the amount of Gold Rush shirts this year and nearly tripled the amount raised from last year,” Zuccari said. “We have continued to set the bar high and I look forward to seeing how much more we can do in the future.”

Many WVU student organizations participated, and all proceeds from annual Homecoming and Greek Week activities benefited the United Way.

More than 1,800 Gold Rush T-shirts were sold across campus and Morgantown in support of the campaign, raising more than $10,000.

WVU’s Center for Civic Engagement organized this year’s campaign. It placed an 8-foot fundraising thermometer in the Mountainlair– where people could track the campaign’s progress.

About 200 WVU employees served as department coordinators. The coordinators and other people that were involved were thanked Wednesday (Nov. 18) at a wrap-up celebration at the Erickson Alumni Center.

At that event, a check was presented to the United Way of Monongalia and Preston counties.

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CONTACT: Brett White, Center for Civic Engagement