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Active Helps Raises $30,000 For Charity; Still Going Strong 

By: Cyrus Gentry C’07

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Over the past 13 months, Greg Schvey C’06 has raised more than $30,000 for the United Way of Tompkins County through a series of events and fundraisers.  Selected to join top-ranking Cornell administrators and faculty on Cornell’s United Way Cabinet, Schvey has run everything from charity dinners to world record-breaking events, all in the name of helping the local community.


            Greg began his tenure on the United Way Campaign in the fall of his junior year.  Joining Jonathan Feldman (Arts & Sciences ’08) as student co-chair, the two began a grassroots effort to involve students in Cornell’s efforts.  Until last year, the $700k + dollars raised annually was through pledge cards from faculty and administration.  Feldman and Schvey made it their goal to get students actively engaged in Cornell’s preeminent philanthropy.

            Some major events last year included A Cappella United (with the second annual occurring over Homecoming 2008) which brought together every a cappella group on campus to help raise money for the United Way through ticket sales.  The first ever show of its kind saw more than 800 people in attendance.   This year, Schvey leveraged his position as President of the Interfraternity Council to make the final event of Greek Week a United Way fundraiser.   He organized all the Greek chapters on campus to break the world record for the most people to carry a baton in a continuous relay.

            “It was great to be able to break a world record and to help the community at the same time,” Schvey commented, “but the best part was seeing all of my brothers make their way up to Barton Hall to support the endeavor.  It’s amazing to know I have so many outstanding people that I can count on – and it really did make a difference because we broke the record by almost the exact amount of active members of Sigma Phi.”

            The money raised from all the student United Way events go to a scholarship program created just last year by Feldman and Schvey.  The Steven E. Garner Summers of Service Scholarships pay three local high school students  $1,500 to work for one of the United Way charities over the summer.  “We realized that the best way to give back was to enable others to take part in service-learning,” Greg added, “The scholarships have really become the heart and soul of our campaign.”

            Schvey has set an ambitious goal of raising a total of $50,000 for the United Way by the time he graduates in the spring.  When asked if donations would be accepted, Greg noted that they “most certainly” are and that he can be contacted with any questions about the campaign at ges29@cornell.edu.

  


Last updated by Dan Mansoor May 31, 2011.

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