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United Way campaign kicks off for fall 2016

September 20, 2016

The United Way luncheon kicked off the school year.

Offices and units from throughout campus filled the tables at the United Way kickoff luncheon Sept. 13.

The topic of the day is serious, but those who attended the luncheon had lots of fun!

United Way support for community agencies is serious business, but those attending the luncheon had time for some fun, too! Each table had a theme; they were as varied as a luau and a construction zone.

Campus 'celebrities' acted as waiters for the United Way campaign luncheon.

Campus "celebrities" acted as servers for the luncheon, working hard to earn tips from their guests. Jay Gladden, dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, standing, served his table well. All server tips from the afternoon were donated directly to United Way.

Workers and attendees alike were all smiles during the luncheon at the IUPUI Campus Center.

Workers and attendees alike were all smiles during the event at the Campus Center, including Kim Kirkland, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Dean Williams of the School of Dentistry paused from his work for a quick picture.

Dean John Williams of the School of Dentistry paused from his work in the "construction zone" for a quick picture with guests at his table.

The luncheon took place on Sept. 13 and served as a time for attendees to learn more about United Way and its mission.

Representatives from United Way-supported organizations were on hand to discuss their services with attendees.

Canned goods were accepted as donations during the event.

The table served by Mark Volpatti, of the Office of Finance and Administration, was decorated with a "fall harvest" theme, including nonperishable food for donation.

Helpful information was given to each table about United Way's upcoming events.

Guests were given information sheets about organizations that benefit from United Way contributions. Those who visited the groups' displays and got their sheet filled out were entered to win a fabulous door prize.

The fun continues! Chancellor Paydar and friends pose for a quick selfie at the luncheon.

The fun continued! Chancellor Nasser Paydar, middle, posed for a selfie with featured guests Rafael Sanchez of WRTV, left, and Rafael Sanchez, the president of IPL, right. The two Sanchezes are United Way of Central Indiana's community engagement co-chairs and put on quite a presentation, which included light-up gold shoes on the reporter.

Chancellor Paydar spoke to the crowd during the United Way fundraiser.

Chancellor Paydar spoke to the crowd, with the trophy for the winner of the highest tip on proud display beside him.

PHOTOS BY LIZ KAYE / IU COMMUNICATIONS

Emcee Stephen Viehweg shows off his hula skills.

Emcee Stephan Viehweg, center, showed off his hula skills during the festivities. Note the jokingly dubbed "powered by IPL" light-up shoes on WRTV's Sanchez. | PHOTO BY BECKY WOOD / OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR

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