It's once again time to support our communities by donating to the annual United Way of the Virginia Peninsula campaign.
Your contributions to the United Way go a long way toward providing critical services and supplies to those in our community who are in need. After-school programs, affordable daycare, transportation for the elderly, hospice care, job training for the disabled, and even food and shelter are just some of the benefits that result from your donations.
The City of Newport News also has been very kind to Jefferson Lab over the years, providing everything from free emergency services to buildings and leasing-back at cost to space in the Applied Research Center Building to enthusiastic support at the State and National levels for the Lab's scientific endeavors. A generous contribution by all of us at the Lab is one way of giving back to a community that has been so good to us, while also setting an example for others to follow.
JLab's United Way campaign kicks-off Friday, September 28, 2007. Pledge Forms have been sent via inner-office mail. Additional forms will be available at the front desks of VARC, ARC and CEBAF center. All forms should be returned to Nina Farrish in HR by October 12, 2007. Our pledge campaign also will feature our second annual fund-raiser picnic, which is planned for Friday, October 5, 2007 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold to raise money for the United Way and will be served by Lab senior management. The food is being generously donated by our Quark Cafe contractor, Eurest. Quark Cafe will remain open for those who do not wish to participate and would prefer another menu item.
We also will sell $1 raffle tickets during the picnic for a chance to win a 42-inch LCD/HD television. All proceeds from the ticket sales , as well as any food donations, will go to United Way. The winning ticket will be announced at the Fall Festival on October 24, 2007. Our goal this year is to increase the Lab's donation to United Way by 25 percent, up to $72,500.
I know many of your friends and family have been assisted by United Way - mine certainly have. Please join me, this year's fund raising chairman, in making this our biggest and best campaign ever for United Way.