Western announces record-breaking gift to United Way of London and Middlesex

Contributing towards the citywide campaign goal of $8.5 million, The University of Western Ontario announced today a record-breaking gift of $716,632 on behalf of its faculty, staff, retirees and students, making it the largest donation ever to the United Way of London & Middlesex.

“We have seen in our community that this has been a really challenging year for a lot of people,” says Andrew Lockie, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of London & Middlesex. “And to see a place that cares, like Western does, step up with a truly incredible achievement, an achievement that is historic for us, really takes what we can do for people in our community to a whole new level. And people’s lives change because of that.”

Western surpassed its gift from 2010 of $631,487 by $85,415, an increase of 13 per cent and its 2011 campaign goal of $650,000 by $66,632. The generous financial support comes from more than 1,300 Western staff, faculty, retirees and students, fueled by more than 200 Western volunteers.

“I wish to congratulate the volunteers, the contributors and the entire Western community for a wonderful gift to the United Way,” says Western President Amit Chakma. “There are many ways that Western supports the United Way and it is truly an honour to be part of such a caring community.”

The 2011 Campaign Co-Chairs were Lynn Logan, Associate Vice-President Financial Services and Joan Finegan, Associate Dean (Social Science). Lisa Lopes was Western’s 2011 Sponsored Employee.

Since 1994, Western’s campus community has raised more than $7 million for United Way of London & Middlesex.