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Cumming School raises more than $50,000 for United Way

Last week for donations to the university's United Way campaign
December 11, 2015
Cumming School staffer Leslie McGill browses through some of the 6,000 books donated to the three-day United Way book sale.

Cumming School staffer Leslie McGill browses through some of the 6,000 books donated to the three-day United Way book sale.

Justin Huseby, staff member, and Marnie Cudmore, former employee, work a shift at the three-day Cumming School of Medicine United Way book sale.

Justin Huseby, staff member, and Marnie Cudmore, former employee, work a shift at the three-day Cumming School of Medicine United Way book sale.

A bake sale was organized as a memorial tribute to Joanne Anderson, the Cumming School's long-time United Way faculty coordinator. The sale raised almost $1,400.

A bake sale was organized as a memorial tribute to Joanne Anderson, the Cumming School's longtime United Way faculty co-ordinator. The sale raised almost $1,400.

Six-thousand donated books, countless festive treats, seven barbecues, one holiday market and a batch of homemade guacamole have helped push the Cumming School of Medicine's United Way event fundraising total past the $10,000 mark.

When fundraising is combined with individual donations and leadership giving, the Cumming School has raised more than $50,000 for the 2015 University of Calgary United Way campaign.

Hundreds of volunteer hours from staff, faculty and students went into flipping burgers, baking cookies and cakes, collecting and sorting books, co-ordinating vendors, selling 50/50 tickets and hawking goodies with calls of "take a plate, we'll negotiate."

Event fundraising has become a significant part of the school's annual campaign, and accounts for about 20 per cent of the overall total raised so far this year.

"We always set the event fundraising bar pretty high; we have a fantastic volunteer base and these events really help to bring our medicine community together in support of this worthy cause," says Dr. Ron Bridges, senior associate dean (faculty affairs), Cumming School of Medicine, and member, University of Calgary United Way Campaign Cabinet.

"I can't overstate the incredible efforts of our steering committee members, their teams, and everyone who gives their time and talent to our campaign each year," says Guy Levy, executive director, Cumming School of Medicine, and also a member of the Campaign Cabinet.

For the second year in a row, the school also challenged its 20 clinical and basic science departments to a friendly competition to see who could raise the most dollars and demonstrate the greatest participation. The winning department will receive a scholarship/studentship of $2,500.

The University of Calgary's United Way Campaign continues until Dec. 11. For more information on how to give, visit the university's United Way Campaign website.