Walking tacos in action.

Walking tacos in action.

United Way Extravaganza 2014 was an event not to be missed.

Walking tacos. Raffle prizes galore. Guest speakers and a video. “Wear jeans to work” stickers and half-day vacation coupons up for grabs.

Wait, walking tacos?

Did you miss the walking tacos? You missed out – they were amazing.

Previous years’ campaigns spanned several weeks, but this year, Human Resources and Public Relations teamed up with a different vision.

“Delivering a fun, high-impact event in a single day offered a fresh take on the annual campaign,” says Suzanne Rothwell, senior director of Public Relations. “The Extravaganza brought the campus community together over a lunch hour in a festival-like atmosphere to mingle, munch, participate in the raffles and be inspired to help an outstanding cause.”

In just one day Columbia College faculty and staff raised $11,880 for the Heart of Missouri United Way.

With a payroll deduction option, raffle tickets and the aptly named Jeans Day stickers available through Dec. 2, along with main campus campaigners taking the Extravaganza to Tenth Street Building and Federal Hall staffers, the campaign raised $16,136.52 overall. The original goal was $15,000.

Through the generous contributions of 31 employees, those who signed up for payroll deduction will give nearly $12,000. In addition, 15 of those elected the Fair Share option, where one commits one hour’s wage or one percent of their annual salary each month.

In addition to United Way, the Columbia College We are CC Campaign raised $3,626 as well. Employees who signed up for this payroll deduction were treated to five Jeans Day stickers.

At just $4 each, Jeans Day stickers raised nearly $1,100!

Raffles raking in the dough included two luxury parking spots at 10th St. and Rangeline, which raised $222. Twenty-four winners will be enjoying those spaces on a rotating basis beginning in January. The 50/50 raffle also was popular, raising $212.  The lucky winner took home $106 in cash, with the other $106 going directly to the United Way.

Four winners took home glammy CC swag bags filled with collectables and souvenirs. Seven names were drawn for CC polo shirts, five winners scored tickets to upcoming University Concert Series events and five winners received Dulany meal passes.

This is what campaign success looks like. Staffers surely will enjoy their prizes. The Jeans Day stickers will be savored in coming months. A goal was set and beat, with the Heart of Missouri United Way now $16,136.52 stronger than it was just two weeks ago.

But so is Columbia College, whose faculty and staff have once again set themselves apart. Investing in The Greater Good to not just support the community but also to set an example for our students is what it means to be a part of this college family.

What excitement will next year’s United Way campaign bring? Stay tuned.