No gift is too small: Partners in Giving campaign kicks off October 8
Dear College of Engineering Faculty and Staff:
Together I know we can move mountains. So join me and be a partner in giving.
This year’s Partners in Giving campaign (the state, university and UW Hospital and Clinics employees combined campaign of Dane County) runs Monday, October 8 through Friday, November 30. By joining together to support charities that are local and beyond, we can conquer mountains such as hunger, disease, pain, poverty, injustice and pollution.
This year’s campaign includes more than 500 charitable, social, environmental and civic organizations. I am asking you for your support with a monetary donation for the campaign. I know what some of you are thinking right now: “Tammy, are you serious? You know how much I have less in take home pay from last year!”
I understand you completely and all employees in this campaign find themselves in this same difficult situation—including myself. However, there are many good reasons to give; the need has never been greater. Those of us with steady jobs have an opportunity to help and during previous challenging economic times UW employees have always recognized the need and stepped up to support charities through this campaign. Even during the 2011 campaign, we helped raise $2.5 million.
Remember, a gift of any size can make a difference—even $1 a pay period.
You will receive an informational packet from your campaign coordinator. Included in that packet is a campaign booklet and a pledge form. You can also view the list of the organizations and contribute online at the Partners in Giving website. Please take a thoughtful look at the broad range of organizations that receive funds through the campaign. You can make a gift to the general campaign or you can specifically direct it to one or more individual charities or umbrella organizations.
We also have planned a number of special events throughout the campaign. In particular, we will host the annual "Thanks4Giving to the Campaign! Here’s a Slice of the Pie!" event—this year on Tuesday, November 20, from 1 to 3 p.m in the Engineering Hall atrium. When you complete and return your pledge form you will receive a coupon, which you can redeem November 20 for a free piece of pie. You also can stop by and "purchase" a slice of pie for a $1 donation.
Department campaign kickoff events include:
- October 16—Chemical and biological engineering kickoff event—3:15 p.m. at 1227 Engineering Hall
- October 19—College administration—Dress Up for a Cause: Badger Day (Drop $1 in the donation jar and wear your favorite Badger gear.)
- October 22—Civil and environmental engineering—Potato and Chili Bar, 11 a.m. in the Cheney room (Donations accepted.)
- November 9—College administration—Dress Up for a Cause: Flannel Friday (Drop $1 in the donation jar and wear a flannel shirt.)
- Ongoing—Chemical and biological engineering—Drop your loose change in the jar outside 2029 Engineering Hall and grab a piece of candy.
- Ongoing—CHSRA and CHESS—Drop your loose change in the change jar
We also will offer a silent auction again this year. Watch for details about how you can bid! And, like our Facebook page.
Finally, if you decide to participate in this year’s campaign, I want to personally thank you. Together we will inspire, collaborate and achieve. Together we can move mountains.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you for your time!
Tammy Kuhn Martin
College of Engineering Partners in Giving campaign chair
Tammy Kuhn Martin
PARTNERS IN GIVING SILENT AUCTION
BIDDING IS CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who bid and helped support Partners in Giving!
Persian dinner for four—Win this three-course meal prepared by Tannaz Fakheri. Choose from a menu of savory dishes and either dine in her home or ask for the food to be delivered.
Movie basket—Includes a three-month subscription to movies on Netflix, four personal popcorn containers (complete with popcorn), and an assortment of movie theater-style candy.
Cupcake basket—Savor 24 cupcakes from It’s A Sweet Life Cupcakes in delicious flavors of your choice.
Popcorn basket—Enjoy an assortment of sweet and savory colorful gourmet popcorn from Chippy’s, plus seasonings to make your homemade popcorn gourmet!
Mat Gamel autographed baseball—Mat Gamel is the Milwaukee Brewers first baseman, debuting in the Major League with the Brewers in 2008.
Carlos Gomez autographed baseball—Carlos Gomez is the Milwaukee Brewers center fielder and has been an asset to the team since he was traded in 2010. In 2012, he hit 19 home runs and stole 37 bases.
Golf packages (2)—Enjoy an 18-hole round of golf for two at The Oaks Golf Course. These passes are valid any day of the week until October 31, 2013, and include a golf cart. And, hit the links in style with a Wisconsin golf towel.
Current high bids—$40 and $45
Night on the town—Here's a sparkly clutch purse complete with Starry Night eye shadow and Lipstick by Arbonne.
Lia Sophia jewelry—Complete your outfit with one of the two gorgeous Lia Sophia pendants or a pair of fabulous Lia Sophia earrings. Each item is a separate bid.
Minimum bid—$10 each
Current earrings bid—$15
Current rectangular pendant bid—$10
Current oval pendant bid—$0
$25 Orange Tree Imports gift certificate (not pictured)—Orange Tree Imports is a specialty store on Monroe Street featuring kitchenware, toys, cutlery, candy, gifts, specialty foods, cards, soaps, glassware and more.
Partners in Giving
The 2012 campaign runs October 8-November 30.
More than 520 charitable organizations, including 11 umbrellas, are participating in 2012.
2012 marks the campaign's 40th year.
The College of Engineering 2012 support goal is 200 donations.
More than 7,350 employees contributed almost $2.5 million through Partners in Giving. Their donations included:
$578,000 to 131 charities that fight disease and promote better health;
$244,000 to 17 charities that provide food to the hungry;
$238,000 to 58 charities that offer vital services to children and families;
$215,000 to 56 charities that champion conservation and environmental protection.
Of the $2.5 million donated in 2011, University of Wisconsin employees pledged more than $1.2 million. In 2011, 160 College of Engineering employees together raised $73,000.
Since its inception in 1973 as the State Employees Combined Campaign, Partners in Giving has raised more than $61.5 million in Dane County for charitable causes.
Read more about what your donations can do on the Partners in Giving "What your dollar buys" page.