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United Way Committee continues to raise funds, exceeds goal

11/12/2012 —

The Penn State Beaver United Way of Beaver County Committee is experiencing one of its most successful campaigns in history, having already surpassed its goal of $5,000.

Last week committee co-chair Dana Alvetro, program assistant in the Office of Continuing Education, announced that funds raised total $5,294. A luncheon and silent auction sponsored by the committee last week was open to all students, faculty, and staff and raised a record total of $1,870, an increase of 20 percent from the previous year.

Eleven gifts baskets each featured a specific theme and were sponsored by various campus departments and groups. In addition, numerous gifts were donated by area businesses and organizations for inclusion in the silent auction.

The committee’s next event is a Steelers Dress-Down Day to be held Friday, Dec. 7. Campus community members are asked to wear jeans and Steelers apparel to work or the classroom if they make a $5 donation to the United Way. 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.

In addition to Alvetro, the United Way Committee is co-chaired by Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Registrar’s Office and Division of Undergraduate Studies Office. Other committee members are 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; Dawn Steele, food preparer, Housing and Food Services, and Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry.

For information, contact Alvetro at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762 or Ward at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.

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