The 2012 Penn State Beaver United Way Committee recently announced it raised $5,511 during last fall’s campaign, which had an original goal of $5,000. This year’s total is the largest ever raised through the annual campus project.
A variety of events and activities were held on campus to encourage participation throughout the fall semester. A luncheon and silent auction in November raised a record $1,870 and featured 11 gift baskets with specific themes sponsored by various offices as well as a variety of silent auction items donated by area businesses and organizations.
Dress-down days were held, allowing staff and faculty to wear Penn State or Pittsburgh Steelers apparel for a donation of $5. This fall’s first dress-down day was held in September in honor of Penn State’s Blue-Out Weekend designed to raise awareness of child abuse. Individual solicitations were also conducted on campus.
The 2012 United Way Committee was co-chaired by Dana Alvetro, program assistant in the Office of Continuing Education, and Jennie Ward, staff assistant in the Offices of the Registrar and Division of Undergraduate Studies. Other committee members were Cindy Platz, staff assistant, Office of Finance and Business; Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs and senior instructor in reading and English; Parker Goolsby, residence life coordinator; Ted Froats, manager of information technology; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Offices of the Chancellor, Campus and Community Relations and Brodhead Cultural Center; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry; and the late Dawn Steele, food preparer, Housing and Food Services, who passed away unexpectedly in November.