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14 December 1998
For Immediate Release

Record-Setting United Way Campaign at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) set new records during its 1998 United Way Campaign. "Our organization collected $415,000, achieving 105 percent of our goal," says Tom Foard, APL's Campaign Chairman. APL's 1998 contributions were nearly $24,000 above its 1997 Campaign's final figure of $391,215.

New records were set for the Laboratory's participation in Days of Caring, the portion of the United Way Campaign where employees volunteer time with charitable organizations throughout the community. Approximately 350 staff members donated more than 1300 hours in 43 Days of Caring events, an 18 percent increase in the number of volunteer hours over last year.

"I think the Campaign, particularly the Days of Caring effort, was so successful because the activities personalize the United Way Campaign," says Sam Seymour, APL's Assistant Campaign Chairman. "They offer opportunities for APL staff members to contribute directly to the needs of the community and observe first-hand the value of their financial contributions."

According to Foard, the Laboratory's 1998 Campaign owed much of its success to "Team APL" - the group of more than 200 employees who volunteered to be part of the Campaign's leadership. "They were really the ones who made this work because they motivated people around them to give time and money."

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a not-for-profit laboratory and independent division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance. APL is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in Laurel, Md.

For more information contact:

Kristi Marren
Phone: 240-228-6268