Trent University’s faculty, staff and retirees came together to crush the University’s previous records for both fundraising goal and total funds raised for the annual United Way campaign, raising a whopping $103,400 for those in need locally.
“Each year, I’m blown away by the Trent community’s response to our United Way campaign," says Julie Davis, vice-president, External Relations & Advancement at Trent University, and education sector chair of the United Way cabinet. "Building on the success of last year’s $77,000 record-breaking campaign, we posted a challenge to go even further and raise $80,000 this year."
Julie Davis at far left
Retirees, faculty and staff smashed that $80,000 goal by more than $23,000, capping off a plaidtastic campaign.
Launched in October with a kick-off BBQ, Trent’s United Way campaign was supported by many employee-led special events, including a chili cook-off, white elephant tables, and a gift basket raffle before the holidays. These special events were paired with donations from retirees and employees.
United Way Campaign Chair Neil Morton (Co-Founder of PTBOCanada.com) and his Vice Chair Robert Gauvreau—both Trent alumnus—were on also on hand for the big announcement, where Gauvreau issued a 5k challenge to community and business leaders as part of UW's close campaign to hit their target of $1.85 million.
“Trent University’s 2017 campaign achievement is both humbling and awe inspiring," says Jim Russell, CEO of United Way of Peterborough and District. "The leadership and commitment of this organization is a shining example of indefatigable spirit to build community. We congratulate the Trent University community on this accomplishment.”
Robert Gauvreau (middle) announcing his 5k challenge and thanking Trent University
Trent’s campaign committee is made up of Linda Smith, staff co-chair; Dr. Susan Wurtele, faculty co-chair, Kathy Fife, retiree co-chair; and Alison Scholl, campaign coordinator.
Trent University was also well represented on the United Way cabinet: In addition to Julie Davis, recent Trent alumna Dorcas Mensah filled the youth ambassador position, and Marcus Harvey—executive director of the Trent University Faculty Association—served as the cabinet’s Labour representative.
Trent University has supported the United Way since 1965 and has raised more than $1.9 million for the organization.