ECE Christmas raffle helps child protection agency

ECE staff members Michelle Foley and Erin Lee on the festive front lines.

Edmonton—The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering kicked off the festive season for the fifth year in a row with a Christmas raffle draw and fundraiser.

Michelle Foley and Erin Lee again teamed up with fellow ECE faculty and staff to raise money for a local charity—this year, they raised more than $2,000 for the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

Foley, an accounting assistant in the department, said last year’s fundraising goal to raise $1,500 for E4C, a local agency that provides hot lunches to young students, actually raised a little more than $1,700.

“The goal this year was to raise $2,000,” Foley said. She, Lee and other ECE volunteers staffed a table selling popcorn and raffle tickets for festive gift baskets and daily draw prizes. When the fundraiser came to a close, it had raised $2,150.

“I think that what helped us get past the goal was the daily draws,” said Lee. “And in the last few days we had a lot of tickets sold for gift baskets and had a lot of support from the other departments. The other departments really helped out this year.”

Two of the gift baskets were won by undergraduate students, one went to a winner in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, one was won by a staff member in ECE and one was won by a staff member in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.