UW Combined Fund Drive

April 2, 2024

Celebrating Service: the 2024 Sno-King Combined Fund Drive Volunteer Recognition Event

The Sno-King CFD recognition was a night of celebration, storytelling and shared memories, showcasing the many ways that people and communities come together for a good cause. The Sno-King CFD Committee and the University of Washington Combined Fund Drive (UWCFD) were proud to honor and celebrate the efforts of all the nominees. 

“The positive spirit and hard work that all our nominees brought to their work is worth celebrating,” said Jolyn Mason, director of the UWCFD. 

Innovation Awards 

In the innovative event category, nominees showcased their creativity and dedication. Events recognized for their ingenuity and impact included: 

  • LGBTQ+ Silent Auction and Swag Fundraiser 
  • UW Facilities and Maintenance Construction Pancake Breakfast 
  • UW Department of Student Fiscal Services – Risk Game 

Outstanding Team Awards 

The Outstanding Team Awards recognized groups that demonstrated exceptional teamwork while educating employees about the benefits of giving through the CFD.  The teams honored for their collaborative efforts include: 

  • DSHS DDA Region 2 
  • DSHS Home & Community Services – Region 3 CFD committee 
  • University of Washington iSchool  

Spirit of Service Award 

Ellen Kesselman, a fiscal specialist at the UW HUB, received the Spirit of Service Award for her dedication and commitment to the CFD over many years.  

Rookie of the Year Award 

On the flip side, Eddie Melton, the seminar and event coordinator in the UW Department of Chemistry, received the Rookie of the Year Award for their enthusiastic and seamless integration into the campaign season. 

Friendly rivalry 

The highlight of the evening was the annual showdown between UW Bothell and UW Tacoma. Since 2008, these campuses have competed for the highest participation rate and most money raised. This year, UW Bothell triumphed over UW Tacoma by a 1% higher participation rate and a $9,000 difference in funds raised. 

Honoring a super volunteer 

The event also marked the retirement of Mike Morris, acknowledging his years of service and contribution to the community. Mike has served as the volunteer chair of the Sno-King CFD committee for more than 20 years. He is leaving DSHS after 45 years of service. His tenure at DSHS – and the CFD – is marked by hard work, community advocacy and good humor. He will be missed by all who have worked with him. Congratulations, Mike!  

The evening truly embodied the spirit of giving and community, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended.

Learn about the many ways to volunteer through the UWCFD.