Employee giving campaign raises $19,790 to aid VC students, programs
Top Pirate Cup captains in Victoria College’s Pirate Cup fundraising campaign are, from left, Betsy Crane, Mary Ann Rodriguez and Babette Lowe.
Top Pirate Cup captains in Victoria College’s Pirate Cup fundraising campaign are, from left, Betsy Crane, Mary Ann Rodriguez and Babette Lowe.

Victoria College’s faculty, staff and administration recently raised $19,790 during the Victoria College Foundation’s annual Pirate Cup Campaign. This two-week employee-giving initiative is an opportunity for Victoria College employees to contribute their own funds for college initiatives.

“Employees determine the allocation of their contributions,” said Susan Prukop, VC Foundation development director. “Whether it is student scholarships, faculty and staff grants, department support or Victoria College’s greatest needs, each dollar is earmarked for a specific purpose.”

Part of the fundraising campaign included competition among 19 Pirate Cup captains charged with contacting a team of about 15 fellow employees each to encourage donations. Captains included:

  •     Bill Byers    
  •     Sherre Clegg
  •     Betsy Crane
  •     LaVern Dentler
  •     Elaine Everett-Hensley
  •     Shari Gould
  •     Eric Jensen
  •     Tiffany Johnson
  •     Darin Kazmir
  •     Missy Klimitchek
  •     Babette Lowe
  •     Melinda Mendoza
  •     Bridgette Marshall
  •     Jackie Mikesh
  •     Pam Neuman
  •     Melissa Nieto
  •     Kim Obsta
  •     Melissa Robinson
  •     Mary Ann Rodriguez           

“The captains were vying for bragging rights and to have their name on the Pirate Cup Trophy,” Prukop explained. “Each captain was awarded points based on participation and dollars donated, with the three captains achieving the most points getting the accolades.”

Pirate Cup captains receiving the most points were Lowe, Crane and Rodriguez. Lowe had 100 percent participation from her team, while Jensen and Rodriguez each had a 87.5 percent participation rate.

Pirate Cup funds, along with those of the Foundation’s other donors, are the primary reasons the Foundation is able to award more than $350,000 in student scholarships each year,” Prukop said.  “It encourages and finances innovative programs that will enhance student learning by VC faculty and staff.

The VC Foundation has also begun its annual “Tradition of Excellence” giving campaign, which encourages the community to support VC during the season of giving. A contribution to the campaign provides much-needed funds to the VC Foundation, which in turn allocates resources to the areas at VC with the greatest need: student scholarships, facilities, faculty and staff grants, instructional programs, endowments and other college initiatives.

For more information or to support the “Tradition of Excellence” annual giving campaign, contact the Victoria College Advancement Office at (361) 582-2419 or visit SupportVC.com.

Published: Friday, 07 November 2014
 

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