The University of Notre Dame’s 2001 “Caring Close to Home” United Way Campaign Kickoff will take place Thursday (Sept. 27) from 7-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the concourse of the Joyce Center.p. Representatives of St. Joseph County United Way (UW) agencies will be in attendance explaining programs and services. Breakfast and lunch will be served, courtesy of Notre Dame Food Services.p. A special feature of this year’s campaign kickoff will be a drawing to win the use of a 2002 Hummer for six months. A new or increased pledge gift of $2 per week will make employees eligible for the drawing, which includes vehicle insurance. Fifteen finalists will select a Hummer ignition key after a drawing at United Way’s annual meeting in March, and the key that starts the engine at Notre Dame’s UW kickoff event next September will drive away in a Hummer.p. Door prizes will be announced every 10 minutes during the campaign kickoff Thursday. Prizes have been donated by St. Michael’s Laundry, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, Notre Dame Food Services, the Physics Department, the Department of Licensing, the Athletic Department, TIAA-CREF, Patricia Ann Florist, and St. Joseph County United Way.p. Notre Dame has been a long-time participant in the county’s annual United Way campaign, which funds 33 agencies and 83 programs. This year’s University campaign goal is $330,000. With approximately 4,100 faculty and staff, Notre Dame is the largest employer in St. Joseph County and pledges the largest yearly campaign total. Pledge totals are posted weekly on signs at the Main Gate on Notre Dame Avenue, the East Gate on Holy Cross Drive, and outside of DeBartolo Hall.p. Campaign pledge cards will be mailed to University employees at campus addresses on Monday (Oct. 1). During each week of the campaign a prize will be awarded in a drawing of the names of employees who have pledged an annual minimum of $26. The prizes include:p. p. ? Two press box tickets to the Notre Dame-Navy football game Nov. 17, courtesy of the Department of Athleticsp. ? Two sets of two tickets each to the Washington Hall mainstage theatre season, courtesy of Washington Hallp. ?A starry night at the observatory on top of Nieuwland Science Building to view the universe, courtesy of the Physics Departmentp. ?Two University Club memberships, courtesy of the University Clubp. ? One Palm Pilot model m100, courtesy of the OIT Solutions Centerp. ? Dinner with Father Hesburgh for two winners and a guest, courtesy of Sorin’s Restaurant and the Morris Innp. ? One I-Omega Zip CD Drive, courtesy of the OIT Solutions Centerp. ? An individualized house portrait, courtesy of the School of Architecturep. ? One tree or bush for home beautification, courtesy of Landscape Servicesp. ? A bouquet-of-the-month seasonal flower bouquet, courtesy of Irish Garden Floristp. ? Two reserved campus parking places, courtesy of Notre Dame Security/Policep. ? Grand prize: Two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States, courtesy of Anthony Travel and U.S. Airways.p. p. Weekly updates and campaign prize winners will be posted on the Notre Dame United Way Web site at: http://www.nd.edu/~uway.. For more information on Notre Dame’s 2001 United Way “Caring Close to Home” Campaign, contact Mary Pat Farnand at 631-3260 or firstname.lastname@example.org .