Cornell United Way campaign makes steady progress

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Gifts to the 2017 Cornell United Way campaign over the past month have brought the university from more than half to more than 84 percent of its $750,000 goal for the 2016-17 academic year.

The second Big Red One-Day Online Auction, scheduled for Feb. 10, is expected to increase that total, with dozens of Cornell-related and Ithaca-related items and experiences, including behind-the-scenes tours, special meals and gift baskets, up for bid.  

Cornell campaign organizers are hoping to continue to raise campaign participation rates, both before and after the auction. All gifts, at any level, aid members of the community in need, with the Cornell campaign providing nearly 40 percent of the annual Tompkins County United Way campaign goal. In addition, thousands of Cornellians rely on services from the United Way of Tompkins County, or have at some point in the past.

A recently released video features a family that has benefitted from the Franziska Racker Centers, an agency that is supported in part by the United Way of Tompkins County.

Through the Cornell United Way campaign: