A Big Check From BNL for the United Way of Long Island
By Joe Gettler | February 28, 2012
“I have a check here,” said Bob Lincoln, Chair of Brookhaven Lab’s 2011 United Way Campaign. “You can take this and start using it to help the community and residents of Long Island.”
With that, and applause from approximately 35 BNL captains and volunteers from departments across the site, Lincoln handed the check to United Way Account Executive Dawn Neilson during a ceremony held in the Recreation Hall on February 16.
Brookhaven Lab raised a total of $193,552.98 during its 2011 campaign. According to Neilson, that makes the Laboratory the third largest contributor to the United Way on Long Island, behind only the National Grid and Geico.
“This was a terrifically successful campaign,” said Doon Gibbs, Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology. “‘Congratulations and thank you’ to all of us.”
Gibbs also noted that many of the employees’ pledges, which accounted for more than 75 percent of the total amount raised, were made through the Lab’s Pillar Campaign. Gerry Stokes, Associate Laboratory Director for Global and Regional Solutions, led this effort.
The other 25 percent of the campaign’s success was collected at bake sales, breakfasts, luncheons, and holiday fairs held on site during November and December 2011. Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages Brookhaven National Laboratory for the Department of Energy, also contributed $10,000: $20 for every hour that BNLers gave of their own time in their own neighborhoods — volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes, and soup kitchens; or as scout leaders, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians; etc.
The 2011 United Way Campaign was several weeks shorter than in previous years. In that shorter amount of time, however, BNLers contributed $18,000 more than in 2010.
2012-2888 | Media & Communications Office