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2015 United Way Campaign News

Johnny Angel, Duquesne’s Zugates to Perform at United Way Benefit Concert

Posted on October 14, 2015

Pittsburgh oldies music legend Johnny Angel will perform at Swingin With an Angel, a special United Way benefit concert, on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

Angel will be joined on stage by vocalist Debbie Zugates, director of undergraduate admissions at Duquesne, at the concert. The two will be accompanied by Swingtet 8, a band featuring five horns and a three-piece rhythm section that plays hit music from the big band era with arrangements emulating the great American songbook.

For United Way campaign chair Tom Hart, director of public safety, a concert made perfect sense for this year’s campaign. “Our campaign theme is Stronger Together—what better way to bring people together and build momentum for our fall fund drive than a night of fun, music and shared camaraderie,” said Hart.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance online, in Room 305 of the Union or at the door at the concert for $15. Ticket proceeds will benefit the United Way.

The campaign continues through Wednesday, Nov. 25.

United Way Campaign Brings Employees Together

Posted on September 23, 2015

While a single person may have the power to make a difference, the effort is even stronger when that person is united with others in a shared purpose. That is the message that United Way Chair Tom Hart, director of public safety, shared at the 2015 United Way Campaign kickoff breakfast.

“Our financial goal this year is to raise $96,341 through employee giving and another $11,715 through special events,” said Hart at the Sept. 18 event. “But I want to focus on bringing people on campus together to show what we can accomplish when we work as a team.”

Hart cited ways that campus members are already joining efforts to support the United Way, including a new Parkhurst and Department of Public Safety co-sponsored event,Cops and Chefs BBQ, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, and several other upcoming fundraising efforts, from hoagie and walking-taco sales to a special concert with Johnny Angel.

“Helping others is what we do at Duquesne,” explained Hart. “How great is it to see that in action, whether it’s at the upcoming Cops and Chefs BBQ, a Red Ring Monday happy hour sponsored by different groups and departments or at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness walk on campus.”

Online donations can be made via Duquesne’s United Way website. Gifts can be designated to the United Way Impact Fund, which attends to the biggest areas of concern in Allegheny County, or to the donor’s agency of choice.

Annual United Way Campaign to Begin Sept. 18

Posted on September 16, 2015

The Spiritan mission to serve the disadvantaged has never been passive, but always an example of faith in action. The campus community can continue to support this commitment to helping others when the 2015 United Way Campaign kicks off on Friday, Sept. 18.

Giving to the United Way is a simple way to make a positive, lasting impact in the lives of those in need.

The campaign begins with a breakfast for campaign team members who volunteered to educate and coordinate donors from their departments, schools and offices. A United Way representative along with chairperson of this year’s campaign, Tom Hart, director of public safety, will answer questions and walk participants through the donation process.

Last year, Duquesne donated more than $105,000 and exceeded the United Way’s 105 Percent Challenge, which was a call to increase contributions in more than one campaign category, such as dollars raised or number of leadership donors. In the area of leadership donors, the University surpassed the challenge with a 25 percent increase.

Upcoming campaign events include a Chuck Wagon BBQ, sponsored by Public Safety, a campus-wide luncheon and the annual breast cancer walk. To keep track of campaign events, visit the United Way events calendar online.

Online donations will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 25.