and Leisa Robinson, co-chairs of SAIT's United Way campaign said the Institution's participation in the campaign was impressive.
said that students, departments and the whole Institution joined in a range of activities and initiatives over the three-month campaign.
"A number of departments did a bunch of different things," Crowley
noted that there were raffles for movie baskets, a welding machine, a day off with pay, and gas for a year, among other initiatives.
The flagship event of the campaign was the fashion show and silent auction, which took over the Heart Atrium on Nov. 25 and saw clothing donations from Mark's Work Wearhouse, the Kerby Centre
, Moores, Le Chateau as well as gifts from a number of other businesses and individuals for the auction. Crowley
and Robinson encouraged students to get more involved.One such student project saw the SAIT Trojans teams undertake a campus-wide bottle drive.
In addition to the events, Crowley
said SAIT employees had the opportunity to make donations directly to the United Way
through pledge cards.
"Twenty thousand dollars was the goal this year and we raised $25,328.16," she
said noting that nearly $15,000 came from employee pledge cards, while the balance was raised at the various events. Co-chairs of SAIT's United Way campaign Angie Crowley (right) and Leisa Robinson, along with Gord Nixon, VP Academic, a member of the charity's campaign cabinet, present a cheque for $25,000 to Tim Lefaivre of the United Way of Calgary on Dec. 20.
was pleased with the number of members of the SAIT community who participated in the United Way
drive."We had a total of about 4,500 participants," she
"Thanks to the leadership of Leisa Robinson and Angie Crowley
exceeded its giving to United Way
by 98 per cent over last year and our number of individual donations is up 53 per cent," Nixon said.