by Barbara Black
Four hundred and twenty-seven people walked their dogs, ran, skated, rode
in strollers and made their way in their mode of choice for the 11th annual
Concordia Shuffle on September 29.
As always, it was as much a celebration of friendship as a fundraising
endeavour, and by far the majority of those friends were staff
371 of the total although 61 faculty members, 30 students, and
26 friends, retirees and alumni also turned out.
They raised $43,413 and change for student scholarships. That brings it
to more than $500,000 raised by Shufflers over the decade thats
a lot of walking.
Darcy Sowden (Bookstores) must be a very persuasive guy. This year, he
was the employee who raised the most in pledges, $700, and was awarded
two nights at the Maritime Hotel, with breakfast. Lillian Vineberg, Chair
of the Board of Governors, brought in a whopping $7,200 in pledges.
Local media celebrities Jamie Orchard, Paul Graif (Global TV) and John
Moore (Mix 96) stirred things up before and after the 6.5-kilometre walk
from the Sir George Williams to the Loyola campus.
At the post-Shuffle party, there were prizes to be won. The top five prizewinners
were: Chunyan Wang, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
who won a Raleigh mountain bike; Matina Skalkogiannis, a secretary in
the Geography Department, who won a Palm Pilot 3XE, compliments of Dataworld;
Susanne Dragffy, a buyer for the Bookstores, who won a 27-inch colour
TV, compliments of Cental Microsystems; Dan Otchere, Associate Professor
and undergraduate advisor in Economics, who won a Mac computer valued
at $1,500, compliments of the Concordia Computer Store; and Virginia Bahula,
Secretary to the Dean of Arts and Science, who bagged the grand prize
of two airline tickets anywhere in North America, compliments of Foreman-Ideal
Travel and Northwest Airlines, on top of a cordless phone.
Now, get over being envious of these lucky people, and get those pledges
Friday, November 3
5 to 7 p.m.
7th floor cafeteria,