UT Community Charitable Campaign donors celebrate at breakfast

February 7, 2017 | UToday
By Christine Wasserman

Nearly 150 UT faculty, staff and retirees celebrated their pledges to the 2016 University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3) at a breakfast held in their honor Jan. 31 in the Savage Arena Grogan Room. Pledges from 709 donors totaled $134,568, which will assist nearly 220 nonprofit organizations throughout our community.

President Sharon L. Gaber thanked donors for living UT’s mission, as well as for setting an example for UT students. “They see firsthand the importance of charity, of volunteering, and of aligning their passion with purpose,” she said.

President Sharon L. Gaber, left, and UTC3 Chairperson Kaye M. Patten held a check Jan. 31 at a breakfast to honor UT faculty, staff and retirees who pledged nearly $135,000 for 220 community nonprofits. They were joined by UTC3 Committee members, from left, Kelly Andrews, Michelle Peterson, Kathy Wilson, Laura Nowacki, Elissa Falcone and Vicki Riddick.

“Sometimes we may take issue with our day-to-day responsibilities,” said Dr. Kaye M. Patten, UTC3’s chairperson and senior vice president for student affairs. “But, we should never lose sight of how many good people there are who are unemployed, fighting a chronic disease, or maybe have a child struggling with an addiction.

“This campaign is a good reminder to be grateful for our own blessings, and to help those who are struggling just to get by,” Patten emphasized.

The breakfast included many prize giveaways — a Rocket helmet; myriad restaurant gift certificates; a hotel getaway package; UT umbrellas, T-shirts, picture boxes, mugs and portfolios; a Toledo Zoo membership, Walleye tickets and more — all donated by UT departments and external vendors.

Additionally, donors who attended the breakfast were presented with their complimentary UTC3 T-shirts, emblazoned with the campaign’s theme, “I Simply Give,” and UT’s crest. Individuals who made a UTC3 pledge but could not attend the breakfast will receive their free UTC3 T-shirt through interoffice mail within the next 10 days.

Any questions about the campaign or T-shirt distribution may be directed to UTC3campaign@utoledo.edu.

Photos from the Jan. 31 breakfast are posted at utoledo.edu/utc3.

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