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Release: Immediate

UI reaches goal for 1997 United Way campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa employees aided their friends and neighbors in the local community by donating a record $204,113 to the United Way of Johnson County. The amount is a 7 percent increase over last year's total.

Overall, the 1997 campaign for the United Way of Johnson County raised more than $1.3 million for local agencies.

"We're very pleased to have such great support from university faculty and staff, enabling us to raise $13,000 more than last year," says Ken Moore, co-chair of the 1997 UI campaign. "We had 699 givers this year, compared to 673 in 1996," he adds. Of these donors, 174 were first-time givers to the United Way.

The University Division of the campaign, which includes the UI Foundation and Kirkwood Community College as well as the UI, raised $216,202 for the local United Way.

Of the 140 households who made leadership gifts of $1,000 or more, 49 were from UI employees.

"I believe that people give so much because their gift stays in the community and helps those who are our neighbors, employees, customers and friends," says Teresa McLaughlin, United Way executive director. More than 22,000 clients of United Way agencies in Johnson County work, teach or study at the UI.

The amount raised does not include the more than $47,000 contributed to the United Way this year by UI retirees.