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January 10, 2002 Generosity of Concordians this year is over the top



Some Centraide organizers

Some of Concordia’s Centraide committee members presented a big cheque to representatives of Centraide in the Library Building atrium just before the holidays are, left to right: Anne-Marie Wilheim (Centraide loaned representative), Rector Frederick Lowy, Professor Ted Stathopoulos, campaign co-chair Patricia Posius, Ann Bennett, campaign co-chair Professor Danielle Morin, Gerry Jones, Claire Richer-Leduc (vice-president of Centraide’s board of directors and president of the allocation committee) and Hélène Cossette.

Engineering students formed a loony line for Centraide

The “Loyal Order of Buffalos,” led by Engineering and Computer Science Students Association president Michael Nimchuk, raised $2,200 for Centraide by cheerfully haranguing passersby to donate to their Loony Line.

Photos by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

At a little ceremony held in front of the Christmas tree in the McConnell atrium on Dec. 7, Claire Richer-Leduc, vice-president of the Centraide board of directors, was presented with a cheque from Concordians for $91,460.37.

That’s how much students, faculty, staff, retirees and governors raised this year for the annual Montreal-area charity drive, and it’s even better than committee co-chairs Danielle Morin and Patricia Posius expected.

Last year, the Concordia committee was given a Solidaire award by Centraide for the greatest improvement over the previous year — an increase of 52 per cent, for a total of $65,014. This time around, Centraide set a goal for Concordia of $75,000.

One reason for the increase was the proliferation of bake sales, raffles, loony and toony lines, windshield washes and other fun events organized over the six weeks of the campaign. A total of more than $14,000 was raised through events.

Thanks to the anonymous donor of three of the four weekend getaways at the Fairmont Château Mont Tremblant, which were raffled off, and proved a great incentive to donors. Thanks also to the following major donors of raffle prizes:

Lina Lipscombe, Director, Bookstore/Computerstore, for a multitude of prizes, such as Concordia sportswear, and for contributions that includes booksale proceeds and funds from a bookstore contact.

Harry Zarins, Director, Recreation and Athletics, and head coaches Les Lawton and Gerry McGrath, who gave raffle prizes and tickets to Stinger games to all donors, and for running the football game bucket brigade for Centraide donations.

Frances Weller, Manager, Telesis, who contributed new telephones and organized a very successful raffle.

Murray Sang, Director, Centre for Continuing Education, who came up with the imaginative idea of gift tuition for courses.

Cristelle Basmaji, President, Commerce and Administration Students' Association, for NHL hockey tickets and a number of events, including the CASA welcome barbecue and a bachelor/bachelorette auction.

Nadia Guidice, President, and Raphael Merakian, Marketing & Sales, Voyages Foreman Ideal, who gave the fourth weekend getaway at Mont Tremblant.