Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
MIT's 1999 Community Giving campaign surpassed its goal of $340,000, receiving a total of $343,675 from 1,184 donors, including 92 donations at the Leadership level of $1,000 or above.
This was the first year that donors could specify that their gifts go to either the United Way, to MIT's Community Service Fund or to another local charity. Of the total amount pledged, $297,689 was pledged to the United Way, $39,038 to the Community Service Fund and the remaining $6,947 to other charities specified by the donor. From special events (such as the Books Are Fun book fair in the Student Center last November), an additional $5,898 was donated, bringing the campaign total to $349,572.
"On behalf of the campaign chairs and the Steering Committee, I would like to thank all the members of the MIT community -- on campus and at Lincoln Laboratory -- who participated in this year's Community Giving at MIT campaign," said Elizabeth K. Mulcahy, campaign manager.
"The money raised will provide much needed help to members of the greater community of which MIT is a part, making it a better place for all of us to live and work," she said. "Children, teenagers, families, elders, the disabled, victims of domestic violence, the homeless, and those living with AIDS and cancer are all helped by our contributions to this worthwhile cause."
Ms. Mulcahy also announced the names of campaign participants who won raffle prizes donated by local businesses.
Winning overnight stays for two at area hotels were Professor Emeritus Donald Harleman of civil and environmental engineering (Residence Inn in Cambridge), Wanda Molina of the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory (Boston Marriott/Cambridge), and Lincoln Laboratory staff members Robert Reich (University Park Hotel at MIT) and Irvin Stiglitz (Holiday Inn Express in Cambridge).
Those who won pairs of tickets to area arts performances are Linda Maciel, Lincoln Lab (Scullers Jazz Club); Marilyn Finlay, Association of MIT Alumni/ae (Cleopatra, Boston Ballet); Patricia Flanagan, Libraries (Mary Stuart,Huntington Theatre); Martin Marks, music and theatre arts (Boston Classical Orchestra); Emmi Snyder, chemical engineering (Boston Classical Orchestra); and Francis Masse, MIT Medical (Shear Madness, Charles Playhouse).
Other winners are Jeffrey Pankin, Human Resources (two passes to the Children's Museum) and John Beusch, Lincoln Lab (pool party for 20 kids at the Holiday Inn Somerville). Winning four tickets to the Topsfield Fair were John Leonard of ocean engineering and retiree Malcolm Pearson. Thomas Fulgoni of Lincoln Lab, Gayle Gallagher of Conference Services, Thomas Mulcare of Facilities and Nancy Stauffer of the Energy Laboratory each won four tickets to the New England Aquarium. An anonymous participant won four tickets to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH, and another donated five tickets for the New England Sports Museum to a charity.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 8, 2000.