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Last call: Centraide 2013 closes in on $190,000 target

The deadline for Concordia’s campaign is December 15
December 11, 2013
By Shelagh Peden

UPDATE as of December 17, 2013:
The goal has been reached! The tally is at $191,306.96 and counting.
Centraide singalong
Antonella Nizolla ropes in the Montreal fire department at the November 12 singalong. | All photos by Concordia University

With the 2013 Concordia Centraide campaign officially coming to a close on December 15, anticipation is riding high.

The campaign has received immense support so far — through individual donations and at the bake sales, sing-alongs, 50-50 draw and other public events this fall —  but it’s still just shy of its goal of $190,000. Organizers are hoping that burgundy-and-gold community members will help them raise the last few thousand dollars.

Both faculty unions and the managerial association made contributions to the grand prizes that were raffled off at the pasta luncheon on November 29.

How to donate to Centraide

If you missed the successful samosa sale, fear not! A second samosa sale is being held in the EV Atrium on Monday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or until supplies last. (They sold out twice during the first sale, and the great guys from Distribution Services made a quick trip to replenish supplies.)

Centraide lunch Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon serves up pasta to Suzanne Downs, part-time faculty coordinator, with the help of Graham Carr, Concordia’s vice-president of Research and Graduate Studies.

The samosas sell for $1 each and can be eaten on the go, or frozen and re-heated for guests over the holidays. Order them now from Nancy Curran of Hospitality Concordia at or just stroll through the atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (1515 Ste-Catherine St. W.) on December 16.

In the long term, the best way to contribute to Concordia’s campaign is through payroll deductions. A few dollars from each pay cycle can make a big difference in the lives of the Montrealers Centraide supports.

Centraide gives $0.87 on the dollar to the agencies it works with, and evaluates all 370 of them to ensure that the funds are being properly managed. Moneysense gave Centraide of Greater Montreal an A grade, so you can trust that donations are going where they’re needed. The agencies deal with a range of problems, from poverty to social exclusion.

Still not convinced? These committee members would be happy to share their reasons for supporting Centraide:

  • Nancy Curran
  • Enza De Cubellis
  • Bram Freedman (campaign chair)
  • Linda Hubert
  • Jay Mazzamauro
  • Catherine Mulligan
  • Miriam Posner
  • Elena Raznovan
  • Andrew Woodall

Visit the Centraide of Greater Montreal website for more information, and go to Concordia’s Centraide page to download a pledge form.

By making a donation to the university’s campaign, we’re sending the message that Concordia is a community-oriented institution.

Read more about our community supporting charitable causes in “10 ways Concordians prove they’re generous.”

Do you work at Concordia? Find out who won the iPad, TV and Nespresso machine on Cspace, the intranet for staff and faculty (login required).

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