On December 2, 2020, UIC Government Services, a major division of Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation based in Springfield, Virginia, once again exceeded their annual fundraising goal to raise money for UIC Foundation student scholarships. This annual event usually includes a golf tournament in Virginia along with an auction and donation solicitation, but this year, due to Covid-19 safety precautions, the golf tournament was canceled. Despite the Golf Tournament cancellation, UICGS was able to raise funds through a virtual silent auction, and donations made by UIC employees and others. The initial target of $15,000 was achieved by November 25, and the newly established goal of $20,000 was also surpassed!
Senior Vice President of UIC Government Services Michael Hundley proudly states;
“We are grateful for our sponsors and employees who supported the event despite having to cancel the annual golf tournament due to COVID-19. Specifically, I’d like to thank our top sponsors, Super Systems Inc. and Atlantic Realty, who both donated $2,500. Additionally, our top employee donation came from Bowhead employee Ken Trammell. Mr. Trammell has supported all of the UIC Foundation fundraisers since inception, and this year was no different as he donated $1,500.”
“Other event sponsors included Alliant, Cigna, Ultimate Software, Premera, Clearance Jobs, Monster, Info, and Cheadle Realty Services.”
“A special thank you goes to Ms. Cari Cayton. As the Director of Marketing for UICGS, Cari spearheaded this amazing event. In this difficult COVID situation, this is yet another great example of employees “thinking out of the box” and creating a solution that works in this environment. Great job Cari and ALL of the UICGS employees that donated to make our shareholder’s lives a little better!”
“Thank you for the opportunity to host this charitable event; we hope the $20,800 will assist many in the UIC community as the UIC Foundation continues to provide opportunities for your shareholders and their descendants.”
Delbert J. Rexford, President, and CEO of UIC says;
“Congratulations to UICGS once again attainting a targeted goal in support of UIC Foundation! Thank you on behalf of all scholarship recipients for the upcoming scholarship funding cycles in 2021 for eligible shareholders and descendants looking forward to improving the quality of their lives through education and training, and life.”
Jamie Christensen, Director, UIC Stock/Foundation writes;
“Dear Mr. Hundley and UICGS Team,
On behalf of UIC Foundation, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your generous contribution of $20,800. Your commitment to serve the Iñupiat people and exemplify the Iñupiat values of compassion, cooperation and sharing is the very reason UICF is able to fulfill our mission of improving the lives of Iñupiat shareholders and descendants of UIC through educational scholarship opportunities.
Your donation makes a huge impact on our students. Thanks to your team of employees at UICGS and sponsors, UICF will be able to fund approximately 41 full-time students this upcoming spring semester.
Some leaders make choices that change lives and I would like to thank you for being one of them! Thank you to Cari Cayton, Ken Trammell, and all other sponsors for their tremendous support and generous donations. This contribution is sure to help change the lives of our Iñupiat people and make a big difference in our community today, tomorrow, and for years to come.”
Quyanaqpak for your generosity!
The UIC Corporation plans to match the $20,800 for a total of $41,600 to go to the UIC Foundation for 2021.
The UIC Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization with the mission of improving the lives of the Iñupiat shareholders of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation through educational scholarship opportunities.
If you would like to make a donation to UIC Foundation, please contact UIC Foundation at 907-852-7439.