They walked, they ran, they skated, they hoped it wouldn't rain -- and it didn't. Mor e than 520 students, staff, faculty and friends made it from the downtown campus to Loyola on September 24, raising $66,696 in pledges for scholarships and bursaries.
When the rain finally fell, everybody poured into Hingston Hall for one of the best informal parties ever seen on campus. An estimated 800 partyers made up a crowd so thick that servers had trouble bringing them food.
Advancement Officer Colleen Weddell, who organizes the Shuffle, was delighted.
"The Shuffle would not happen without the efforts of the 23 dedicated members of the Shuffle organizing committee, led for the past five years by Irvin Dudeck," she said. "We are also very fortunate for the support of the senior administration, the assistance of many departments and individuals, and our volunteers, who sat at the registration tables and helped out on the big day.
"Brian Meany, who won the grand prize at the Shuffle, stayed at the Rector's Reception to help put away the prizes that had not been picked up." Now, that's a winner with class.
The big stars this year were in the Physical Resources Department, who won the First Annual Shuffle Spirit Award for their support and participation over the past few years. Physical Resources' Wendy Maynes, a vision in pink and not shy, won the Most Flamboyant Shuffler Award.
In the next issue of CTR, look for the name of the winner of the Palm IIIx, an electronic agenda worth $500, awarded to the person who raised the most money in pledges.
Please honour your pledges as soon as possible. Payments can be brought (or cheques mailed) to the Faubourg Advancement Office (FB-801) on the SGW Campus, or drop off your payment at Advocacy and Support (AD-130) on the Loyola Campus. Tax receipts will be issued in the new year.
The prize-winners were:
* iMac (donated by the Concordia Computer Store and Apple Canada): Brian Meany
* Air fare for two anywhere in the continental U.S. (Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Delta Airlines): John O'Hanley
* Weider Home Gym (Icon of Canada): Natalie Kaloust
* 27" television (Central Microsystems): Nathalie Brient
* Raleigh Mountain Bike (Raleigh Industries of Canada): Jackie Chegrinec
* Return air fare for one to Florida (Norko Travel): Connie Shibley
Our thanks go to the following gold level ($500 and up) corporate sponsors for their generous support of the Shuffle: Apple Canada, Asbex Ltd., Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Central Microsystems, Concordia Computer Store, Concordia University Bookstores, Concordia University Printing Services, Continuing Education, CUPFA (Concordia University Part-Time Faculty Association), Dataworld, Delta Airlines, Icon of Canada, Norko Canada, Pepsi-Cola Canada, Raleigh Industries, of Canada, William M. Mercer, Ritz-Carleton, Ch‰teau Versailles, Maritime Plaza Hotel, Clarion Hotel and Suites, Le Nouvel H™tel.
Concordia's 25th was launched with a rousing video and appearances by media personalities Jamie Orchard, Terry DiMonte and the Stinger Bee. Leslie Roberts and John Moore hosted the Shuffle.