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Employees reach deep to hit goals
December 14, 1998
UConn President Philip Austin is an economist by trade, so when he declared on December 3 that UConn employees had met their $100,000 goal for the Connecticut State Employees Charitable Campaign despite the fact that less than $99,000 had actually been collected, he went unquestioned.
"I'd say you could call it a statistical (victory)," Austin said, as he congratulated the 40 people attending a reception for campaign volunteers and donors to the campaign, as well as the other 534 donors who couldn't attend the event, held at the Centennial Alumni House.
"You help make UConn the wonderful place that it is. Through your generosity you make this a more caring community," he said.
The charity drive, officially conducted in October, is still accepting donations, says Dennis Dion, coordinator of the UConn portion of the state employee campaign. The campaign, part of a broader, statewide campaign, for the third consecutive year breached the $1 million barrier. And, for the sixth consecutive year, says Jan Gwudz, director of the state employee campaign, UConn employee contributions topped all other state agencies.
By press time, Austin's December 3 prediction was looking good, as UConn's total climbed to $99,300. And Dion remained confident late pledges will push it over the top.
The pledges topped UConn's 1997 campaign by more than $10,000.
The campaign's more than 950 charitable organizations, and the millions of people they help, were not the only winners, either. Several local restaurants, and a variety of UConn organizations, donated raffle prizes to the effort. The winners of those prizes were: