Schulich French Toast Breakfast a sweet success

Ruku Sandhu performs dance called Bharatha Natyam

Chandni Samal and Adarsha Datta MBA studentsThe Schulich French Toast Breakfast, a highlight of York University’s United Way campaign, took place on Tuesday where talented students performed for a full house in the CIBC Marketplace.

From left, Chandni Samal and Adarsha Datta, both MBA students at Schulich, enjoy breakfast before dashing off to classes

It was another successful event with $948 being raised one toonie at a time for the United Way.

“The United Way Toronto helps strengthen individuals, families and communities by supporting services that improve peoples’ lives,” said Sharon Chisholm, chair, 2013 Schulich United Way Committee. “The annual Schulich French Toast Breakfast is our way of contributing to the betterment of our community and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who came out to support this worthy cause on Tuesday. Special thanks to our talented student musicians, energetic ambassadors and dedicated United Way Ruku Sandhu performs Indian danceCommittee members who worked tirelessly to make this day such a huge success.”

Schulich student Ruku Sandhu performs a classical Indian dance know as BharathaNatyam

Since the York Cares United Way Campaign kick-off, more than 330 members of the York community have contributed more than $147,000 through the on-line pledge system.

“This is remarkable progress. The community of faculty and staff here at York University are highly committed to social justice, and support of the United Way campaign is just one way that we work together to make our communities stronger,” said Jeff O’Hagan, leadership co-chair of the York Cares campaign.

Anyone who has yet to contribute can still do so. The personalized online pledge form will be active until the end of December. So far, eight per cent of the York University community has made a pledge – this year’s goal is to achieve Aaron Teelucksingha participation rate of 13 per cent.

“Thanks to all who have supported this campaign so far,” said O’Hagan. “United Way’s work in building stronger communities is important and York’s campaign goes a long way to support that work.”

Schulich iBBA student Aaron Teelucksingh performs at the breakfast in support of the United Way

Prize draws were held for those who had made their pledge to the campaign during the first two weeks.  The grand prize, an iPad Mini and black leather case, was won by Deirdre Capelli of the Registrar’s Office & Student Financial Services.

Carolyn Heald of the Information & Privacy Office won a York golf bag, while June Hill of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library and Heather Campbell of the Department of English both won York scarves to keep them warm this winter.

Alan Middleton of the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Waynette Huerta of Campus Services & Business Operations and Bruno Benavides and Alfredo Rodriguez performFrances Chan of the Faculty of Environmental Studies each won a copy of the book, Las Nubes Conservation in the Cloud Forests of Costa Rica.

Bruno Benavides and Alfredo Rodriguez perform at the Schulich French Toast Breakfast

There were also several door prizes awarded to those who came and enjoyed the morning’s breakfast. For those wondering if they won a prize in yesterday’s door prizes, here are the winning numbers: 266362, 266366, 266444, 266520, 266552, 266610, 266676, 266854, 266858, 266892, 266952 and 266988. Contact Sharon Chisholm at ext. 22428.

In addition, the Faculty of Health also held a breakfast and lunch Tuesday in support of the campaign for all those who made their way through Vari Hall Rotunda. There were coffee, bagels, sandwiches and more, which raised an additional $481 for the campaign.Students from Faculty of Health serve food in support of United Way

Faculty of Health students serve up breakfast and lunch in Vari Hall. From left, Hosay Saboor, Tzippy Bernstein, Jacob Schlosser, Navita Singh, Insiyah Kanjee, Kasthoory Thirugnanasampanthar, Haleema Butt, Urshian Khalid, Cherise Mead, Vishali Arumugam, Zabeda oumer-Haji and Sophie Harding

For more information about what the United Way does, visit the Toronto United Way website.

For more information about the York Cares United Way Campaign, or to request a personalized donation link, contact