Since 1991, Franklin College employees have participated through an internal fundraising campaign in December to help the United Way of Johnson County. This year, college employees contributed a total of $16,134, surpassing the goal of $15,000.
The fundraising efforts included some holiday fun far beyond pledges and gifts. They included a spare change competition pitting the east side of campus against the west side, and a silent auction for items such as a hand-made Grizzly afghan, a Grizzly football helmet, a reserved parking space on campus and various Parkhurst dining packages.
“During these challenging times, it was a real pleasure to see our campus community come together to creatively give funds that may possibly help our neighbors in need,” said Mike Leonard, the college’s director of development and this year’s chair of the Franklin College United Way Committee. “I’m very thankful to everyone that chipped in to exceed our goals for this campaign.”
Additionally, college employees also donated 140 boxes of cereal to the Good Cheer Fund of Johnson County to be distributed to those receiving holiday food baskets.
“Our employees always step up to help those in need. In this particularly challenging year, they have done so again,” said Franklin College President Kerry Prather. “I am very proud of the Franklin College family for coming together to support two outstanding community organizations that provide essential resources for our Johnson County neighbors who are struggling.”
POSTED Dec 23, 2020