The total at this writing for this year’s United Way campaign is $182,214.33—surpassing our goal of $175,000. Thanks go to the students who contributed $3,357.48 to this total. The Penny Wars, initiated by Campus Services, contributed 1,908 pennies. Yola McCune, Undergraduate Admission, came closest to guessing how many pennies would cover Penny the Panther and won two tickets to the Surfside Players Theatre. The College of Engineering took first place with the most penny donations. Other fund-raising activities included the Opposite Hand Drawing Contest, won by Fonnie Boyce, Online Learning, and the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest, won by Kristiana Henkel, Career Management Services.
Thirty-two winners were drawn at the United Way celebration in November. They were pulled from the names of every faculty and staff member who either made a United Way contribution for the first time, or who increased their donation. They won T-shirts, days off work, Panther Dining meal tickets and a variety of restaurant gift certificates. The top prizes included a Cracker Barrell gift basket, won by Lisa Onorato, Development, and $200 gift cards to Best Buy; they went to Bill Gabrenya, School of Psychology, and Rosalie Petralia, Evans Library.
The Extended Studies Department (ESD) on campus did its part, too, opening their contests and drawings to anyone on campus and raising $50. Winners were Regine Diehl, ESD; Jarin Eisenberg, Florida Tech Online; and Michael Meredith, Shipping/Receiving.
“I appreciate the participation, support and of course, the pledges from our university family. We have proved yet again how valuable Florida Tech is to our community. Kudos to the Florida Tech team!” said Joni Oglesby, leader of the university United Way campaign.
On the United Way committee were Delicia Lewis, Wes Sumner, Karen Hahn, Reuben Wooten, Stevie Pursell, Trish Meyer, Jennifer Lee, John Barranti, Evan Olsen, Nicholas Cefaratti, Alison Haman, Lynne Freund and Student Government President Brian Thai. Many department coordinators also helped by promoting United Way and ensuring that forms were returned to Human Resources.