Calendars signal start to United Way campaign

If I told you there was an opportunity to win money for 30 consecutive days in November, while supporting a worthy community organization in the process – for only $25 – you probably wouldn't believe it.

Cheesy sales pitch aside; the popular United Way Cash Calendars are now on sale.

The Cash Calendar initiative is half of a two-part campaign at the University of Lethbridge to raise money for the United Way. Many faculty and staff also choose to donate to the United Way through payroll deductions.

The Lethbridge United Way started in 1941 under the name "Community Chest" to support a variety of different charitable organizations within the Lethbridge area. That structure is still in place today with the United Way supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge, the Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Family Services and a host of other worthwhile charities.

This is the seventh consecutive year the U of L has organized an annual United Way campaign. Since 2006 over $40,000 has been raised from payroll deductions with an additional $15,000 raised through the cash calendar initiative.

The Cash Calendar is a fun way to raise money for this worthy cause. Two draws for cash will be made daily of those who buy a calendar. The total prize money for the month of November will be $3,500, with an additional $4,000 going to the United Way.

Calendars are available for $25 each and can be purchased from the volunteers listed below.

Annette Bright, Bookstore; Diane Boyle, Information Technology; Naomi Cramer, CCBN; Shauna Haag, Facilities; Cathy Kanashiro, Faculty of Arts & Science; Doris Kostiuk, Library; Patrick Mack, Human Resources; Karen Mahar, Faculty of Fine Arts; Greg Martin, Printing; Carol Van Dyk, Faculty of Management; Kristine Wall, University Advancement.

Along with my co-chair, Barb Erler, I hope that you will support the U of L's 2010 United Way Campaign.