Nov. 16, 2016

Women's hockey scores for United Way

Hockey raffle tickets
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Beth Kunz, Cornell United Way volunteer, gives raffle tickets to attendees at the women's hockey game Nov. 12.
Casey Wetherbee at hockey game
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Ithaca High School student Casey Wetherbee talks about his experiences with the United Way.
Terry Jordan with Big Red Bear
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Terry Jordan, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, shares a moment with Touchdown.

Four Big Red women’s hockey players – sophomores Diana Buckley and Pippy Gerace, and freshmen Grace Graham and Kristin O’Neill – scored in a 4-2 win over Yale Nov. 12 at Lynah Rink.

They weren’t the only ones to contribute to the home game success. A dollar for each of the 415 people who attended was matched by the William Henry Miller Inn and given to United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) for the Cornell United Way campaign. Raffles of prizes and gift certificates from Cornell offices raised another $674, bringing the game total raised for the 2016-17 Cornell United Way campaign close to $1,100.

Between the first and second periods, Ithaca High School senior Casey Wetherbee spoke to the role the United Way has played in his life. Thanks to the funding provided by the Cornell Student United Way, Wetherbee obtained a summer job working for Ithaca’s Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service – one of the 42 member agencies and other nonprofit organizations supported by UWTC. He has continued to volunteer for the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service and has been engaged in the UWTC’s Youth and Philanthropy effort.

“These experiences with the United Way have shaped my future aspirations and goals,” he said.

UWTC President James Brown read from a proclamation by Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 thanking the Cornell women’s hockey team for their support of the UWTC and proclaiming Nov. 12 Cornell Women’s Hockey Team Day in the city of Ithaca.

This year’s campaign is focusing on the basic needs the United Way helps meet and the importance of helping friends and neighbors throughout the region. Cornell staff, faculty and students can designate their contributions to one or more UWTC member agency or to United Way campaigns in other counties; or they can make unrestricted gifts that support education, financial security and health programs. Because Corporate Cornerstone Partners’ gifts and UWTC’s earned income cover administrative and operating costs, the UWTC can ensure that 100 percent of donors’ gifts to the Community Care Fund, special initiatives, partner organizations or another United Way directly benefit programs and services.

For more information or to make a gift or pledge to the United Way, visit the Cornell United Way webpage. A short video featuring three of Cornell’s coaches explaining the importance of the Cornell United Way campaign is also available.