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UK LAUNCHES UNITED WAY'S
FIRST CAMPAIGN OF 2000

By Kathy Johnson

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"Each year UK employees donate their fair share to United Way to assist those who are less fortunate.  Once again, United Way is looking to us to form a firm base of support for its communitywide campaign this fall."

--UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr.

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March 28, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – The University of Kentucky launched its United Way fund-raising campaign today at a luncheon for more than 500 volunteers.  The UK effort is the first United Way of the Bluegrass employee campaign of the 2000 fund-raising cycle.

A goal of $480,000 was announced for the four-week campaign that has the theme of “Making Millennium Magic.”   The campaign will reach all employees of UK’s Lexington Campus, the Chandler Medical Center and Lexington Community College.

“Each year UK employees donate their fair share to United Way to assist those who are less fortunate.  Once again, United Way is looking to us to form a firm base of support for its communitywide campaign this fall,” UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr. said, emphasizing the value of the group’s work.

During the previous campaign held in the spring of 1999, UK employees donated nearly $419,000.  Wethington told the crowd that the university is the third highest giver to United Way of the Bluegrass among all corporations and institutions in Central Kentucky.  He also pointed out that UK leads all other universities in the Southeastern Conference in giving to United Way.

Co-chairs of this year’s campaign are Diana Sage, associate director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Improvement at the Chandler Medical Center and Dick Edwards, manager of nontraditional education and industrial ergonomics in the UK Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems.


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