United Way Drive Sets Record

Boston College faculty and staff set a new campus record for United Way donations, giving $123,500 to the charity during the recently completed 1997-98 drive.

The amount represented an increase of $6,765 over last year's total, continuing a record-breaking trend in United Way giving at Boston College, where each annual campaign in the 1990s has topped $100,000 while surpassing the previous year's mark.

Participation in the recent campaign was strong across the University, with 51 percent of faculty and staff making contributions, according to the campus campaign leaders. The average BC contribution was nearly $100.

"United Way and Boston College are so pleased with the results of this year's campaign," said School of Nursing Assistant Dean Susan Donelan, who co-chaired the drive with Buildings and Grounds Associate Director Thomas Hurley. "I'm thankful that the pledges have continued at such a high rate. I'd like to give special thanks to the departmental reps, who made sure all the pledges came in on time. Many needy children and families will be helped by their hard work and our contributors' generosity."

Beneficiaries of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay include AIDS shelters, Big Brother and Big Sister programs, food banks and other programs providing a wide range of social services. Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay goes directly to the needy, according to officials of the charity.

-Mark Sullivan

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