More than 250 faculty and staff “upped their” donations in the United Way 2013 drive, according to Joni Oglesby, campaign co-manager. Mischka Maxwell was co-manager.
“The good news is that we received contributions from so many people and we had fun. The bad news is we didn’t reach our goal—But, there’s still time,” said Oglesby. The Brevard campaign officially ends in January, she added.
Tech Support/IT won the Penny Challenge and a trophy for contributing pennies valued at $1,500, despite numerous acts of silver sabotage.
Faculty and staff names were drawn at the United Way celebration on Nov. 12, pulled from the names of everyone who either made a United Way contribution for the first time, or increased their donation. Ten won Panther Dining meal cards, another 10 won a paid day off and others won $25 certificates to local restaurants. The top prizes were a Kindle Fire HD, won by Pei-feng Hsu, and two $200 Best Buy certificates, won by Paul Kenoyer and Eric Kledzik.
“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 Oglesby.
On the United Way committee were John Barranti, Alison Bogart, Diane Frederick, Lynne Freund, Karen Hahn, Jennifer Lee, Evan Olsen, Rupert Pattison, Stevie Pursell, Wes Sumner, Reuben Wooten and Carla Deras, student government president. Department coordinators also helped by promoting United Way and collecting pledge forms.