Volume 94, Issue 84
Thursday, March 1, 2001
A group of musicians with a Western connection will perform a concert of classical Indian music this Saturday night in order to raise money for survivors of the January earthquake that left an estimated 30,000 dead when it struck India.
A small group of concerned Western professors have organized the event with the help of students, said Kul Bhatia, professor of economics and one of the organizers.
The Western professors involved are pleased the concert will allow them to make a contribution to the effort without having to ask for straight donations, he said.
"Through the generosity of the musicians and organizers we have managed to plan an event that will donate 100 per cent of ticket sales directly to the relief effort," Bhatia said.
The concert will take place this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Place, 570 Gainsborough Road. For more information, those interested can contact Bhatia at 661-3530.
The largest donation ever by Western faculty and staff was handed over to the United Way on Monday night, bringing the university's Promises Campaign to a happy end.
The $257,254 that was raised represents an all-time high for Western's annual campaign, which also broke its previous record last year.
"We're very happy," said Western campaign co-chairperson Frank Miller. "Anything that exceeds expectations is always a pleasant surprise."
According to Miller, Western has consistently been supporting the charity organization with large donations.
"We're the third largest contributor [to London's United Way] next to Ford and General Motors Diesel," he said. "This campaign has been a great thing for our university. It adds value to the Western community and adding value to the community adds value to Western."
"We were delighted to be given this much," said Helen Connell, executive director of United Way of London and Middlesex. "This is an enourmous gift we're very happy to receive and I'm sure the people who the money will go to will be happy too."
Despite the record-high contribution, the donation fell just short of the campaign goal. "Our goal was $270,000," Miller said. "Maybe next year."
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