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UK Begins United Way Campaign

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UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. told the group he is proud of UK’s generosity, which has made the university the third leading organizational giver to United Way of the Bluegrass, behind Toyota and Lexmark.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2003) -- The University of Kentucky kicked off its annual United Way campaign with a luncheon for nearly 500 volunteers at the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom. UK’s fund-raising goal this year is $420,000.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. told the group he is proud of UK’s generosity, which has made the university the third leading organizational giver to United Way of the Bluegrass, behind Toyota and Lexmark.

“I often talk about UK’s higher purpose – our goal to improve the lives of Kentuckians – and our giving to United Way is a wonderful example of that,” Todd said.

Other speakers included Kathy Plomin, United Way of the Bluegrass CEO; Alan Stein, Lexington Legends’ president and this year’s United Way of the Bluegrass campaign chair; and Marc Mathews, UK United Way Campaign chair.

The activities kick off a UK United Way Week of activities. A UK Volunteer Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom.

UK art students and professors have donated some of their works for sale to benefit United Way. The art work is on display daily at the President’s Room Gallery of the UK Singletary Center for the Arts, and a reception will be held there from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, as part of the Lexington Gallery Hop.

UK students and employees will volunteer at local United Way agencies on Saturday, Sept. 20, and a Books Are Fun sale will be held in the UK Student Center Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22 and 23.


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