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The 2000 Community Giving at MIT campaign recently ended, surpassing its goal of $350,000 with a final total of $362,098 from 1,191 donors, including 95 donations at the Leadership Giver level of $1,000 or more.
Of the total amount pledged, $283,594 was pledged to the United Way, $73,286 to the MIT Community Service Fund and the remaining $5,218 to other charities specified by the donor. An additional $5,919 came from special events (such as the Books Are Fun book fair held in the Student Center last November, which netted $600), bringing the campaign total to $368,017.
"On behalf of the campaign chairs and the Community Giving Steering Committee, I'd 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, who just retired from MIT.
"The money raised will provide much-needed help and assistance to members of the greater community, of which MIT is an important 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. Thanks to everyone for their giving to help those most in need."
Ms. Mulcahy and the campaign Steering Committee also announced the winners of the annual end-of-campaign raffle for prizes donated by local merchants. Anyone who made a pledge to the campaign was automatically entered into the drawing.
Winning overnight stays for two at area hotels were Professor Ole Madsen of civil and environmental engineering (the University Park Hotel at MIT), Professor Emeritus A. Douglas Carmichael of ocean engineering (Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Cambridge) and Robert Malster of Corporate Development (Boston Marriott in Cambridge).
Those who won pairs of tickets to local arts performances are Blake Eagle of the Center for Real Estate (Boston Classical Orchestra) and Marjory Magowan of Human Resources (Shear Madness, Charles Playhouse).
Donors winning tickets to other area attractions include Teresa Lai of Information Systems/Support Services (four day passes to Water Country), Laura Delaney of Lincoln Laboratory (five tickets to the New England Sports Museum), Rachael Astyk of Financial Systems Services (four passes to Six Flags New England). Winning four tickets to the Topsfield Fair were Margaret Kelly of Student Financial Services and Rolanda Dudley-Cowans, Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Health.
Judith Bresnahan of the Controller's Accounting Office won a limited-edition Boston Celtics poster, and Priscilla Cobb of music and theater arts section won a $50 gift certificate to Legal Sea Foods. Other winners are retirees Elizabeth Griffin (two passes to the Children's Museum) and Robert Rafuse (two passes to the Museum of Science exhibit halls).
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 28, 2001.