Virginia Tech Combined Virginia Campaign Goal set at $195,000
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 05 - September 24, 1998
Speaking to friends, supporters, canvassers, and participating agency representatives at the Kickoff Luncheon on September 22, Tony Distler, coordinator of the Virginia Tech Combined Virginia Campaign (CVC), announced the university's l998 goal of $195,000.
Administered by the Department of Personnel and Training in Richmond, the Combined Virginia Campaign provides a once-a-year opportunity for all state employees to contribute to their favorite charities, social-service and health organizations, public-safety agencies, educational groups, through both payroll deductions and direct contributions. The CVC is the only state-wide fund-raising effort among state employees for which payroll deductions are authorized.
Each state agency, however, operates its own campaign--usually with a focus on local agencies that will benefit from contributions and pledges. The Virginia Tech CVC has always provided the largest single support for a wide variety of agencies in the New River Valley (although designations to national or international agencies are available).
"We have a unique opportunity to demonstrate the validity of the Virginia Tech CVC Campaign of `Give Hope--Painting a Brighter Tomorrow'" Distler said in his opening remarks. This slogan incorporates both the state CVC and local United Way themes.
Although the campaign runs only from September through December, Distler expressed his confidence that the employees of Virginia Tech will reach and surpass the goal of $195,000 during this short time period. "We have the greatest group of people working at Virginia Tech, and I know we will all give our all to ensure that no one--child, woman, or man--will be without help when she or he needs it most."
Campaign Co-Coordinator Steve Mouras, re-introduced a popular feature from the l996 Virginia Tech CVC Campaign--the CVC coach of the week. "Each week this fall," Mouras said, "we will feature in Spectrum a local Virginia Tech personality as the CVC coach of the week. Accompanying his or her picture, we will provide statistics on charitable giving for the university that Tech will be playing in football that following weekend. We hope this will provide a challenge for our folks to more than match what our rival football schools contributed last year."
Kymn Davidson-Hamley, executive director of the United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd, discussed local agencies that can benefit from Virginia Tech CVC contributions and showed a videotape of these benefits.
Distler concluded the Kickoff Luncheon by saying, "There is no one who, at some time or another, does not need or want the help of the agencies that benefit from our support through the Virginia Tech Campaign. When you distribute your CVC materials, please ask your colleagues to look through them to see how their contributions can ensure that neighbors will be helping neighbors, that friends will be helping friends."