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‘Virginia is for Givers’: Donors to CVC Campaign Eligible for Prize Drawings

Old Dominion's participation in the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) kicks off Oct. 1 with a goal of raising $115,000 by the end of the fall semester.

Members of the campus community are being asked for their pledges of support to local United Way agencies as well as a host of other area, state, national and international charitable organizations. "Virginia is for Givers" is the theme for the campaign.

Last year, ODU employees contributed $115,496 to the CVC. Nearly 30 percent of the university's employees made contributions as part of the campaign, and the average gift was $176.33. This year's volunteer coordinators are hoping for another positive response from the campus community.

"There is no greater way to contribute to your community than through CVC. When you donate to the campaign, you have the opportunity to make a difference for a cause you believe in," said Karen Meier, assistant vice president for community engagement, who heads the ODU campaign.

Employees may designate their gift to a specific charity (or multiple charities). With more than 1,300 participating agencies and organizations, there are plenty of choices for employee giving.

As an incentive, employees who make a gift (in any amount) in the 2013 campaign will be entered in weekly drawings to win ODU merchandise. The first drawing, to be held Monday, Oct. 7, will be for four tickets to the ODU football game on Nov. 16.

"Each person who has turned in a pledge form will be entered in the drawings from week to week, so the earlier you make your contribution, the more chances you have to win," Meier said.

Prizes for the weekly drawings will include such ODU items as T-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, four tickets each to a men's and women's regular-season basketball game, and an assortment of other ODU merchandise.

The CVC website, www.cvc.virginia.gov, includes a listing of all of the charities.

For more information about the campaign at ODU, call 683-5759.

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