The giving spirit of the holiday season continues at Mercyhurst University. The Erie and North East campuses raised a total of $950 for the United Way of Erie County during Mercyhurst’s annual holiday basket raffle – about $225 more than what was raised last year.
The raffle featured 35 baskets between the campuses and is one of many United Way fundraising initiatives facilitated by the university. Michelle Bille, human resources administrative services assistant, said that Mercyhurst employee contributions to United Way increased 20 percent this year, thanks to 28 first-time donors as well as increased giving from those who gave last year.
This is the third year for the Erie campus raffle and the first year it has taken place at North East.
Jim Tometsko, director of Human Resources at Mercyhurst Erie, said upward of 20 employees stopped by HR daily to purchase tickets for the raffle.
“This holiday raffle ties in with Mercyhurst’s community service and helps to combat poverty in Erie,” Tometsko said.
The $950 raised from the Christmas basket raffle benefits the United Way’s local educational, income and health initiatives to reduce poverty by 10 percent before 2025.
“We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support through donations,” Bille said. “I’m very happy with the turnout.”
For more information about Mercyhurst employee giving to the United Way, contact the Human Resources office at 824-2279.