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.