Quinnipiac raises school record amount for United Way of Greater New Haven

Katherine Pezzella, Judy Olian and Megan Buda stand next to each other and pose for a photo.

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Katherine Pezzella, director of campus life for fraternity and sorority life at Quinnipiac University, Quinnipiac President Judy Olian and Megan Buda, director of student conduct at the university. Pezzella and Buda served as co-chairs of Quinnipiac’s record-setting campaign for United Way of Greater New Haven.

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uinnipiac has raised a school record of $65,663.73 for United Way of Greater New Haven. The total is up almost $20,000 from last year, bringing Quinnipiac’s five-year campaign to $273,356.

Donors who contributed to the campaign are housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, preparing children for school success and helping families get jobs through United Way’s programs and initiatives, said Jennifer Heath, president and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven.

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“We are humbled by the generosity of Quinnipiac’s staff and students,” Heath added. “President Judy Olian led by example for her first United Way campaign at Quinnipiac University. Our neighbors in need will benefit greatly from this investment that donors at the university have made in our community.”

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“Quinnipiac is committed to nurturing and impacting internal, local and global communities as a pillar of our new strategic plan,” Olian said. “Our support of Greater New Haven children and families through the United Way campaign is one example of how the Quinnipiac community reaches out, with generosity and caring.”

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Campaign co-chair Katherine Pezzella, director of campus life for fraternity and sorority life at Quinnipiac, said the money came from employee contributions as well as a gift basket raffle and food truck fundraisers.

“This year we saw an increase in first time donors, which was really exciting and encouraging,” Pezzella said. “We could not have hit this record total without the enthusiasm and support of the champions who lead each area of the university. The champions volunteer to serve as liaisons between the co-chairs and their functional unit and help us with planning and executing all events.  We are appreciative of everyone’s hard work.”