Kitson President Ribeau
United Way President and CEO Bill Kitson presents a Special Recognition Award to President Sidney Ribeau at the recent BG Gives Back Donor Thank You Breakfast. The award was in recognition of Ribeau's leadership and commitment to improving the lives of children and families in the area through the University's increased support of the BG Gives Back campaign.

Charitable campaign launched today

The first e-pledge forms for the 2005 BG Gives Back charitable giving campaign went out today (Sept. 12). The campaign gives campus employees the opportunity to share with others in the community who are less fortunate.

The campaign—which will run until Oct. 14—has a goal of $105,000.

Again this year, United Way and Northwest Ohio Community Shares are coordinating donations. Givers may earmark their gifts and pledges to either or both of the umbrella organizations, or to specific agencies or programs within them. Unspecified gifts will be divided proportionally at the end of the campaign.

United Way supports a coordinated network of 135 programs throughout Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties, strengthening families and neighborhoods, nurturing children and youth, and promoting health and wellness. Northwest Ohio Community Shares is a local federation of 26 health and human welfare agencies that focus on social, economic and environmental justice.

Because of the unique crisis posed by Hurricane Katrina, this year BG Gives Back will include the option of donating to two disaster relief organizations.

Throughout the monthlong campaign, the BG Gives Back Web site will provide lists of the participating programs and agencies to which employees may direct their gifts. Visit it at Also, you may send questions or concerns to bgcharity@bgnet.bgsu and receive a reply. Or ask your area representative for more details.

Local merchants and campus offices have donated gift certificates and merchandise to be awarded to donors. Employees who make gifts and pledges will be entered in a prize drawing to be held each Tuesday during the campaign. Pledges must be received by the Thursday before each drawing to be eligible. By pledging early, one’s chances of winning increase. Names and pictures of winners will be posted on the BG Gives Back Web site.

Some offices have come up with creative ways to raise additional dollars for BG Gives Back. Judy Foos in the bursar’s office, for example, has been spearheading a “Pay to Wear Jeans” effort that has already netted more than $400.

September 12, 2005