The University of Southern Mississippi has surpassed its campus United Way campaign goal, meaning more dollars to support area charities and other outreach entities, including three on the Southern Miss campus.
The goal for the 2009 campaign was $100,000 and Southern Miss employees donated or pledged more than $107,000. This is a $20,000 increase from last year’s donations and includes a 25 percent increase in the number of Grand Givers, a designation given to employees who donate more than $1,000 to the campaign.
Local charities benefit each year from United Way, along with three at Southern Miss including the DuBard School for Language Disorders, the Children’s Center for Communication and Development and the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention.
From left, United Way of Southeast Mississippi director Dan Kibodeaux, Southern Miss director of Recreational Sports Mike Giles, Southern Miss President Dr. Martha Saunders and Dolly Loyd, marketing instructor in the College of Business, present a check for $107,000 to Kibodeaux, which is the total raised for Southern Miss’s United Way campaign this year. Loyd and Giles served as this year’s campaign co-chairs. (Submitted photo)
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