Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Mike Bradley ()
Communications and External Relations


ORNL United Way campaign sets lab record with $845,000

This year's United Way campaign at ORNL raised $845,000, once again setting a record for ORNL cointributions. Picured here are (from left): Bruce Hartmann, campaign chair, Greater Knoxville United Way; Karen Downer, co-chair, ORNL United Way campaign; Ben Landers, president and CEO, Greater Knoxville United Way.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 12, 2006 — This year's United Way campaign at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has raised $845,000 for East Tennessee agencies, exceeding the $800,000 goal and once again setting a record for ORNL.

The ORNL total includes employee contributions of $770,000 plus a corporate donation of $75,000 by UT-Battelle, the laboratory's managing contractor.

"We are very grateful to ORNL employees for their generosity," said Ben Landers, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Knoxville. "UT-Battelle continues to be the largest single contributor to the several United Ways serving the Tennessee Valley, and we appreciate this commitment to our neighbors in need."

ORNL Director Jeff Wadsworth said he was moved by the generosity of laboratory employees in support of the United Way.

"Our goal at ORNL is to produce great science and to be a valued member of the community," Wadsworth said.

Special activities - including a kickoff event featuring University of Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer, a putting competition, book fairs and the popular International Festival - added more than $15,000 to the coffers of this year's campaign, led by Marilyn Brown and Karen Downer.

ORNL donations include the following approximate amounts to counties in the region: Anderson, $264,000; Blount, $17,500; Campbell, $9,500; Jefferson, $1,000; Knox, $345,000; Loudon, $43,200; McMinn, $2,800; Monroe, $4,200; Morgan, $30,000; Rhea, $3,400; Roane, $114,000; Sevier, $3,400; Union, $5,200.

UT-Battelle began managing ORNL for the Department of Energy in April 2000. The corporation has since donated approximately $4 million to the United Way and an additional $8 million to area organizations in support of science and math education, economic development, and other civic projects.