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Duquesne Garners Top 11 Spot for 2008 United Way Campaigns

Duquesne University has been selected as one of United Way of Allegheny County’s Top 11 campaigns for 2008. This top status is granted to companies that conducted a model United Way campaign producing significant increases in total dollars raised, dollars raised for the Impact Fund and employee participation.

Duquesne’s total giving from 2007 to 2008 increased by nearly 13 percent, and special fund-raising events hosted by the University included a dunk tank, bake sale and silent auction.

“The employees and students at Duquesne University comprise a close-knit community, and their support of United Way is just one more example of their dedication to service,” said John C. Ciganik, corporate relations manager of the United Way of Allegheny County. “I am grateful for having the privilege to work with an institution that values selflessness and altruism.”

Duquesne’s commitment to the campaign was honored at the United Way of Allegheny County’s celebration event on June 18.

"The credit for a successful campaign goes to the leadership of the University and the support of the campaign team, unit solicitors and generous employees.  Duquesne University employees were enthusiastic about giving back to the community,” said Dr. Laverna Saunders, University librarian and Duquesne’s employee campaign manager for United Way. “We all had fun while working for a great cause.  We also realized that the local need was great and that we have been blessed."

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