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The 2014 Campus United Way Campaign, which began in October, is drawing to a close with contributions as of this week reaching 97 percent of the university’s $140,000 goal, and campus campaign leaders are making a final request for donations to push the campaign over the top.

Auburn faculty and staff who have not yet submitted pledge cards are urged to do so by Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, honorary campaign chair for Campus United Way.

“I would like to thank the Auburn campus community that has supported the United Way campaign., said Burgess. “For those who have not yet sent in their pledges or have not made the decision to pledge I have one request. Take a SECOND, just one SECOND, to consider helping those that need help at this time of year. As we in the Auburn Family know, it only takes a SECOND to make a contribution that will last a lifetime.”

Campus Campaign Chair Lynne Hammond encourages the campus community to pull together to push contributions over the University’s goal. “We are so very close to reaching our goal. Every contribution, no matter the size, is appreciated and makes a difference in the lives of those in need in our community. I encourage the Auburn Family to pull together to help us meet those needs and reach our goal this year.”

Hammond added, “The United Way leadership carefully allocates funds to those area agencies that demonstrate effective stewardship of the resources entrusted to them, but contributors may also designate specific agencies to receive their pledges.”

Again this year prize drawings were held at two-week intervals during the campaign to encourage participation. Winners were selected at random by the United Way office from all contributors at the time of each drawing. Prize winners were:

* Associate Professor Ted McVay, Foreign Language Department, who won prizes and memorabilia provided by the University Book Store and the Athletic Department.

* Katie Mayo, Admissions Advisor in Enrollment Management, who won a $25 gift certificate and a set of Auburn coffee mugs.

* Virginia Dickey, Utilities Analyst in the Facilities Division, who won a $100 gift certificate to Café 1-2-3 in Downtown Opelika.

* Helen Gill, pharmacist in Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, who won the grand prize of Sunday brunch for 6 at Ariccia, donated by the The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Winners are featured at the United Way website along with a message from Burgess and additional information about the United Way.