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Release: Immediate

United Way campaign thermometer rises on Hubbard Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seasonal temperatures are dropping, but the United Way campaign thermometer at Hubbard Field indicates a warm reading as UI employees' donations rise. "We want to help the university community gauge their giving, and the thermometer is a great reminder of how close we are to accomplishing our goal," said Bob Wiley, professor of pharmacy and co-chair of UI's United Way campaign.

Approximately 350 UI givers have donated more than $123,000, passing the halfway mark of this year's $235,000 goal. As a way of thanking those who participate, a prize drawing will be held this month that includes passes to the fitness loft, tickets to Hancher's "Beauty and the Beast," mugs and t-shirts and a half-price overnight at the Iowa House.

Gayle Blevins was one of 10 UI United Way givers who won tickets to the Jan. 31 performance of "Beauty and the Beast" at Hancher in a prize drawing earlier this fall. She said, "The United Way agencies we support help make this community a nicer place to live for everyone, improving the quality of life for those less fortunate."

Kenneth Moore, director of the Central Microscopy Research Facility and co-chair said, "Contributors make a big difference in the lives of those who need help. For example, a donation of $1 per week can provide three nights of safety for a battered woman and her child; two full days of training for an unskilled worker; and one year's worth of breakfasts for a child in day care."

Employees may contribute by cash gift, payroll deduction, direct billing from the United Way of Johnson County, automatic deduction from a checking account, or a credit card payment. Donors can also designate their gifts to specific community agencies.

For additional pledge forms or to arrange a presentation about United Way on campus, call 384-0017 or 338-7823.