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UK Law Participates in United Way Campaign, ‘Fun’draises Nearly $4000

December 8, 2016

Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Kentucky College of Law recently raised nearly $4,000 to support the United Way Campaign of the Bluegrass by cooking, competing, and carrying a tune during various ‘fun’draising activities.

The 2016 UK United Way campaign began on October 1 and ended on November 14. Across the six-week span, members of the UK Law community competed in a corn hole tournament; performed karaoke to “Whip it,” “Summer Nights,” and “I’ve Got You Babe;” started Wednesday mornings off with waffles; and placed bids on gift certificates to local restaurants and Sleep Number, UK basketballs, and cigar accessories during a silent auction. Donation forms and a cash donation jar were available at all events.

“My favorite event was karaoke day,” said Michel Yang, Library Manager at UK Law. “The crowd seemed to have a lot of fun and their enthusiasm was infectious. It was wonderful to see the faculty singers and law student spectators having so much fun together!”

During karaoke day, spectators could donate to see faculty and staff perform, but performers could also donate to be exempt. Singers starring in the memorable event included:

  • Zachary A. Bray, H. Wendell Cherry Associate Professor of Law
  • April Brooks, Staff Support Associate
  • Mary Davis, University Research Professor and Stites & Harbison Professor of Law
  • James Donovan, Library Director and James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law
  • Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law
  • Roberta Harding, Professor of Law
  • Michael Healy, Senator Wendell H. Ford Professor of Law
  • Daniel P. Murphy, Jr., Assistant Dean of Community Engagement & Diversity
  • Michael D. Murray, Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing
  • Franklin L. Runge, Faculty Services Librarian
  • Beau Steenken, Instructional Services Librarian

Zach Smith, Computer Support Specialist, and Yang served as the college’s cabinet members with the university. In these roles, they organized and implemented all events. Smith brought event ideas to the table, drawing from his personal business experiences and interests. Yang, who has served as a cabinet member since 2015, says the college was “very lucky to have his expertise this year.”

“The United Way campaign this year showed me how committed our faculty and staff are to our sense of community and fun. From the corn hole tournament to singing during karaoke day, I was reminded how much the College of Law community cares for and enjoys one another,” said Yang.

United Way of the Bluegrass is a leader and motivator of change for long-term solutions for Central Kentucky communities. They have a Big Bold Goal that 10,000 more families in the Bluegrass will be self-sufficient by 2020.