University students, faculty and alumni came together on Washburn's campus to pledge their support.
Miriam Krehbiel, the president of United Way of Greater Topeka, and Jerry Farley, Washburn University's president, both spoke at the event. Kansas Corporation Committee Executive Director Susan Duffy emceed.
Complimentary desserts and drinks were provided to guests.
Washburn University has partnered with United Way since 2003.
"Between the students and faculty and just the university in general, the relationship has been going for years and years. Washburn is such an incredible partner with the community and also with the United Way," said Krehbiel.
The University's campaign runs through May 5.