Fort Hays State University's Endowment Association successfully concluded the active phase of FHSU Community Drive 2002 on Friday, April 30. Ninety-eight community volunteers called on area businesses to raise $200,880 in support of FHSU.
The drive began on March 14 with orientation and training for volunteers. The goal for 2002 was $195,000.
Chairs were Stan Dreiling, president of James Motor Company, and Belinda DeWerff, vice president of administration with Commerce Bank. They believe in a strong partnership between the city of Hays and FHSU.
The first partnership was formed in 1902 when Hays community leaders believed an institution of higher education would attract business and new residents to the city of Hays, and they were right.
"Today the university and city of Hays work together to provide the people of western Kansas with exceptional educational opportunities, athletic and cultural events and an educated and skilled work force," said Cathy Van Doren, director of annual giving for the Endowment Association.
"In return" she said, "the Hays community supports vital university scholarship programs, professional development opportunities for faculty, library resources, museum exhibits, and visiting artists and lecturers."
Team captains for 2002 were Tom Spicer, FHSU athletic director; Lonny Claycamp, Insurance Planning; Allen Leiker, First National Bank; Jerry Ubert, James Motor; Tom Lippert, U.S. Postal Service; Scott Tuttle, Unicell; Marty Cain, Sunflower Bank; Gary Timken, James Motor; Ernee Sly, Enersys Inc.; Bill Bieker, Commerce Bank; and Eric Schibi, Field Abstract & Title.
Contributions and pledges will be counted until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2002.