October 22, 2004

Community Giving Campaign edging closer to goal

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Maxine Hayes, M.D., delivered the third annual Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture on Diversity in Medical Education. On hand at the event was the lecture’s namesake, Levi Watkins Jr., M.D.
photo by Dana Johnson

Community Giving Campaign edging closer to goal

The Vanderbilt Community Giving Campaign, “Commitment to Caring,” has already raised $257, 583, just over 31 percent of this year’s fundraising goal of $810,000.

The early totals put the campaign a step ahead of last year’s efforts by this time, but campaign officials said there is still a long way to go. “That’s an awesome job. However, we still have about 15,000 pledge cards that have not been turned in,” said campaign director, Laurie McPeak.

Sixty-five department coordinators for the campaign reached a 5 percent dollar and participation increase by Oct. 1, and qualified to be entered into a drawing for a Best of Nashville prize package. Amy Huddleston, senior financial evaluator with Utilization Management, claimed the prize. The next prize drawing will be Nov. 3, when two plane tickets will be up for grabs for the campaign coordinator who meets the requirements of that deadline.

The three designated campaign federations include the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Community Shares, and Community Health Charities of Tennessee. To find out more about the 2004 Community Giving Campaign contact the campaign office at 343-8759 or e-mail community.giving@vanderbilt.edu. Or, visit the campaign Web site at www.vanderbilt.edu/community_giving.