The West Virginia University community came together in support of the 2010 United Way campaign as students, employees and other community members raised a record $313,143, exceeding this year’s $305,000 goal.

“Jim and I could not be more proud of our University community and I could not be more proud of the many United Way volunteers who have helped make this campaign such a great success,” said WVU First Lady Beth Clements, who led the campaign. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for proving that ‘living united’ is what we do every day at WVU.”

The 28th annual campaign lasted for 10 weeks. The theme of this year’s effort was “LIVE UNITED.”

“Our campaign is a true testament to WVU’s commitment to our community,” said Brett White, campaign coordinator. “We believe in this community and year after year, our employees show that through their generous giving. I’m proud of the results and thankful for the hard work of so many team captains. WVU truly does ‘live united.’”

President Clements also praised the volunteers and donors for giving more, even as the economy struggles.

“We all know that times are tough right now,” Clements said. “Instead of seeing that as a reason to cut back on charitable donations, our community has recognized that now – more than ever – we need to support the good work the United Way does.

“Like WVU itself, the United Way changes lives for the better every day.”

Approximately 1,310 individual contributors participated in this year’s campaign, one of whom contributed the highest of $4,000. More than $23,377 was raised by retirees.

WVU students alone raised $41,558. Many student organizations participated in the student portion of the campaign. Student Government members sold more than 2,800 limited edition Gold Rush t-shirts for the Oct. 14 home football game against South Florida. The shirt sales raised more than $13,000 for the campaign.

The 2010 campaign was part of the West Virginia State Employees Combined Campaign. Each employee received campaign information and a pledge card from their team captain.

The WVU campaign mainly benefited the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, but employees could also choose to designate a gift for a number of unaffiliated agencies, United Ways of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania, and statewide-eligible organizations.

WVU’s Center for Civic Engagement organized this year’s campaign.

About 187 WVU employees served as team captains. The captains and other people that were involved were thanked Wednesday (Nov. 17) at a wrap-up celebration at Touchdown Terrace in Milan Puskar Stadium.

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

For more information on WVU’s United Way campaign efforts visit http://unitedway.wvu.edu.

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