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UI's campaign for United Way of Johnson County is 75 percent to goal

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa campaign for United Way of Johnson County is nearly three-fourths of the way to its goal of $204,000.

* So far, 515 givers have contributed more than $148,000, increasing their gifts by 25 percent.

* This year, 147 employees made donations to the United Way for the first time.

* Some 36 donors made leadership gifts of more than $1,000, worth $48,593 of the total.

"We are very pleased at the generosity of the university community this year," says Ken Moore, director of the UI Central Microscopy Research Facility and university campaign co-chair. "We're confident that with the traditional increase in contributions before the end of the year, we will reach our goal," Moore said.

"We're well on our way to increasing giving by 10 percent and raising participation to 10 percent of employees," he adds.

"Many in the university community contribute generously to agencies they're personally committed to. But United Way is a good way to provide broad-based, general personal and social support for a great number of worthy programs in the community," says Bruce Gronbeck, professor of communications studies and campaign co-chair. "By giving to the United Way now, you can make a holiday gift that will benefit your friends and neighbors throughout the year," Gronbeck says.

Individuals who want to give to the United Way, but do not have a pledge card can get one by calling the United Way of Johnson County at 338-7823. An on-line pledge card can also be downloaded from the local United Way web site at www.jeonet.com/united_way/

Donors can make a general donation or direct their gift to any charity of their choice. Gifts may be made in cash, by credit card, automatic deduction from a checking account, or via UI payroll deduction.

12/5/97