B.C. United Way Appeal Aims for Record Year

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

This year's annual Boston College United Way campaign will look to continue its string of record-breaking performances when it kicks off Oct. 19 with a meeting of more than 100 campus representatives and University President J. Donald Monan, SJ in Gasson 100.

Featured speakers at the event, titled "Unlock the Potential," also will include: Thomas A. Vanderslice, a University trustee associate and major United Way contributor; United Way of Massachusetts Bay Campaign Director Lisa McManus; and Kim Johnson, a sponsored "executive on loan" working with the University campaign. Children from the Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, a program supported by United Way, will give a brief performance.

The campaign has enjoyed tremendous success in the 1990s, topping the $100,000 mark each year and establishing new records almost as often. Last year's total of $113,579 surpassed the previous standard of $112,682 set in 1993, which in turn had broken the high of $110,315 during 1991. Campaign co-chairs Paul Chebator and John Cowden are confident the University community will rise to the occasion once more.

"It is very heartening to see how Boston College each year realizes the importance of giving to the United Way," said Chebator, an associate dean for Student Development. "We hope that once again the administrators, faculty, staff and students will continue to show their generosity."

"The goal here is quite straightforward - to do even better than before," said Cowden, assistant director of training and employee relations for Dining Services.

Boston College's employee participation rate is 52 percent, by far the highest of the six major universities in the United Way of Massachusetts Bay campaign. The 1994 campaign drew support from 1,273 Boston College employees, with an average donation of $89.22. Eight employees contributed over $1,000 each and 30 donated $500 or more.

Once again, the campaign will feature a prize drawing for employees who pledge within the first two weeks. Prizes include tickets for Boston College athletic and entertainment events, gift certificates to area restaurants and weekend-for-two accommodations at several Greater Boston hotels.

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