Submitted/Colleen Gregoire

The Jayhawk United Way progress sign shows this year's campaign goal was met.

KU exceeds United Way campaign goal, raises nearly $300,000

Even in a difficult financial year, KU came through for the community, to the tune of nearly $300,000.

The 2010 KU United Way campaign recently concluded after raising $298,509, well surpassing the goal of $285,000. The campaign successfully reached another goal in increasing the number of participants. That number surged from 732 to 802.

Mary Ellen Kondrat, dean of the School of Social Welfare and campaign chair, said the goal was another affirmation of the generosity of KU employees.

“I was so proud of KU and how everyone rallied and came through,” Kondrat said. “Everyone in the Douglas County United Way group is talking about what a great neighbor KU is.”

Colleen Gregoire, vice president and campaign director of United Way Douglas County, said the funds raised in KU’s drive make up 17 percent of the total money raised in the county-wide effort. Faculty, staff, students and especially retirees were generous this year, she added.

The Rock Chalk Revue, an annual student performance, raised $47,000 for the drive last April. For the first time, the drive included sales of T-shirts with the slogan “Live United/Rock Chalk.” The shirt sales generated nearly $3,500. KU was part of a friendly challenge with the University of Missouri and Kansas State University to see which school could sell the most shirts for their respective campaigns. Missouri took top honors totaling more than $6,100, while K-State raised $2,250.

“I’d like to express United Way's appreciation for everyone on the KU campus who give, advocate and volunteer for the advancement of the common good,” Gregoire said. “The Douglas County community is stronger because of KU's leadership and its efforts to engage more people in community service.”

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