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Capping the Institute's 1997 United Way campaign, 19 members of the MIT community were rewarded with prizes after their names were drawn in a raffle during a "solicitor thank-you" ice cream party on February 18. All who made donations and pledges were automatically entered.
As of last week, the campaign stood at 97 percent of its $315,000 goal. A total of 1,235 donors (including 72 Leadership Givers contributing at least $1,000 apiece) had pledged $304,445. This time last year, the totals were $292,856 pledged by 1,165 donors, including 66 Leadership Givers.
Raffle winners and prizes were:
Professor Emeritus Louis Osborne of physics -- $100 American Express gift certificate.
Samuel Tracey, retiree -- overnight stay for two at the Cambridge Center Marriott Hotel.
Kelly Powell, Public Relations Services -- overnight stay for two at the Inn at Harvard.
Annemarie Amparo, Sloan School -- overnight stay for two at the Charles Hotel
Jan Austin Scott, civil and environmental engineering -- Sunday brunch for two at Jonah's Seafood Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Mark Tincknell, Lincoln Laboratory -- two guest vouchers to a performance of "Shear Madness" at the Charles Playhouse, Stage II.
Alan White, Sloan School -- two tickets to a performance of "An American in Paris" at the Boston Ballet.
Luzette Alvarado-Ortiz, Laboratory for Computer Science -- two tickets to the Huntington Theatre production of "Collected Stories."
Jackie Womble, Industrial Liaison Program; Kenneth Kruckemeyer, Center for Transportation Studies; Professor Lowell Lindgren, music and theater arts; Heidi Ganss, Alumni Association -- passes to the New England Aquarium.
Jarmila Hrbek, Technology Licensing Office -- two tickets to Water Country.
Assistant Professor Krishna Rajagopal, physics -- four passes to the Children's Museum.
Professor Lee Grodzins, physics -- 1998 Ski Card International Book.
Rebecca Bisbee, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory -- four Topsfield Fair tickets.
Scott Runkle, Personnel -- four tickets to the Walt Disney World on Ice production of "Hercules."
William Hecht, Alumni Association -- 1998 Entertainment Book.
Paul Menadier, Nuclear Reactor Laboratory -- dinner for two at the Cambridge Sail Loft Cafe and Bar.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 25, 1998.