At a gathering Feb. 6 in the Physical Sciences Building, President Martha E. Pollack thanked top supporters of the 2018-19 Cornell United Way Campaign who, with all other Cornell donors, raised $614,522 of this year’s $750,000 goal.
Referring to the theme of this year’s campaign, “We’re All in This Together,” Pollack highlighted some of the ways Cornell has a positive impact on the lives of others: through the work that is done at Cornell; through the faculty, staff and students who are attracted to the university; and the university mission of knowledge with a public purpose.
“Cornell thrives when our community thrives, and United Way is one of the most important ways that Cornell connects with and supports Tompkins County,” Pollack said.
United Way of Tompkins County President and Chief Executive Officer James Brown thanked Pollack for her support; co-chairs Pat Wynn, assistant vice president for student and campus life, and Rick Burgess, vice president for facilities and campus services, for their energy and new ideas; and the Cornell United Way volunteers and campaign donors for their efforts, which help mobilize the community on behalf of the United Way.
James also announced that Wynn and Burgess will reprise their roles as campaign co-chairs next year.
Gifts still coming in and the annual online auction, to be held in March, will further increase the support Cornell gives this year to the United Way of Tompkins County. The university customarily contributes about 40 percent of the UWTC’s annual campaign funding each year.