October 9, 2007
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

“Making a Difference at Mateer’s” Benefits USA Mitchell Cancer Institute

The University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute recently benefited from the second annual “Making a Difference at Mateer’s” fundraiser in downtown Fairhope. More than 200 attendees patronized the evening’s volunteer “bartenders,” who raised $9,600 for the USAMCI.

Mateer’s owner Lisa Field said the annual event is a way she can contribute to the USAMCI and other local charities.

“I wanted to give something back to the community,” Field says. “I'm using my business as a vehicle to contribute.”

Abbie McCullough, assistant director of medical development for the USAMCI, said, “This type of community support is vital to the success and growth of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. We are so pleased that the Mateer’s fundraiser has turned into an annual chance to support our research-based cancer treatment.”

The gifts are part of Campaign USA, the University’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign that seeks to raise $75 million for USA programs, faculty, students and construction over three years. Campaign USA was launched in March 2006 and, to date, has raised $58.6 million. The Campaign USA Leadership team is comprised of civic and business leaders, many of whom are alumni.

Campaign USA will enrich all aspects of USA, from its academic colleges and schools to its hospitals, athletic programs, libraries and campuses. The money raised will be used to fund such items as undergraduate and graduate scholarships, professorships, classroom and laboratory equipment, and health care innovations. Funds will also be used for capital enhancements to USA’s track and soccer programs, a University archives building and campus bell tower.

For information on Campaign USA, go to http://www.campaignusaleadership.com/ or call (251) 460-7032.

The University of South Alabama
Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 14,000 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The University has awarded 60,000 degrees.
In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – Children’s & Women’s and USA Medical Center – serving more than a quarter million patients annually.

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