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2017 United Way Campaign News

United Way Campaign Gaining Momentum Through Events

Posted on October 18, 2017

Duquesne's 2017 United Way campaign is off to a great start, already raising nearly $55,000 and receiving pledges from more than 100 first-time donors.

Bill Zilcosky, senior director of facilities, services and operations who is this year's campaign chair, said he's excited to see the campaign making steady progress. "We've had a great start and expect momentum to continue to build as we move forward with various upcoming events," said Zilcosky. Zilcosky and campaign co-chair Cheryl Knoch, assistant vice president for student life, welcomed nearly 100 employees to DUQtoberfest, a special Octoberfest-themed donor appreciation event held on Oct. 13 at the Red Ring.

"The Duquesne community is an amazing group that always steps up and lends support to those in need," said Zilcosky. "We want our donors to know how much their gift means to both those relying on a United Way agency and to those who serve on the campaign team." Employees who make a donation in any amount the United Way Campaign before Wednesday, Nov. 8, will be invited to attend a donor appreciation reception on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Employees can donate online. For details on additional events, such as a hoagie sale, an evening of ballroom dancing and a walk-a-taco sale, visit the United Way events calendar online.

Donate to the United Way to Attend Oktoberfest-themed Event

Posted on October 4, 2017

University employees who make an online donation to this year's United Way campaign on or before Friday, Oct. 13, will be invited to DUQtoberfest, a special Oktoberfest-themed donor appreciation event.

Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Red Ring patio and will include free seasonal draft specials, Oktoberfest fare and entry in a raffle drawing to win 50 percent off an annual parking permit. According to Bill Zilcosky, senior director of facilities, services and operations and chair of this year's campaign, it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the campus community. "DUQtoberfest is just the first donor event we've planned for this year," said Zilcosky. "The success of our campaign relies on the generosity of our donors, and we want to not only thank our new donors but to let those who step up year after year know how much we appreciate them." Whether employees donate $1 a week or more, any donation will grant them admission to the event. All contributions to the campaign, no matter the size, support the dozens of worthy programs that address the various needs of local communities. Employees who haven't contributed yet and wish to do so, can donate online.

Cops 'n Chefs BBQ Returns, Benefits United Way Campaign

Posted on September 13, 2017

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Cops n' Chefs BBQ on the Bluff, an annual event to benefit Duquesne's campus United Way Campaign.

Scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, faculty and staff can pick up BBQ lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Academic Walk near the Duquesne Union. The menu includes a choice of a hickory-smoked burger or smoked sweet sausage, served with baked beans, jalapeno cornbread, a smiley cookie and bottled water. Tickets can be purchased for $7 (cash sales only) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Safety through this Friday, Sept. 15.  Public Safety Officers are selling tickets. For more information or to request tickets, contact the Public Safety business office at 412.396.6004.