SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — While Hurricane Katrina’s most devastating
impact was felt in the Gulf Coast region, it is also having a significant
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effect on the Wittenberg University campus. Students around campus
are pulling together with a number of benefit events to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity are sponsoring a pancake breakfast to raise money for the American Red Cross relief from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.
“I saw suffering on the news and felt I had to do something,” said Dale Williams of Upper Arlington, Ohio, class of 2008.
Williams, the alumni relations chair of Lambda Chi Alpha, developed the idea in conjunction with Seth Bennett of Cambridge, Ohio, class of 2007 and the philanthropy chair of Lambda Chi Alpha. Their goal is to raise $1,500 and have an attendance of 300 people.
The breakfast will be held at the Lambda Chi Alpha house, located on 923 N. Fountain Ave. The event is funded through Wittenberg’s chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, and Williams will be making his own personal contribution as well. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in the Benham-Pence Student Center service desk today and through any Lambda Chi Alpha member as well as at the door the day of the breakfast.
Williams said the benefit event is especially important to him because of the personal connection he has with the city of New Orleans. Williams’ sister, a junior, attended Tulane University before the disaster, but recently transferred to the University of Colorado as a result of the hurricane.
Along with the Lambda Chi Alpha benefit breakfast, other Wittenberg students are lending a helping hand to aid in the hurricane relief effort. Next Wednesday and Thursday, more than 25 student organizations will be collecting donations throughout the day in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, Hollenbeck Hall and the Benham-Pence Student Center on campus. Those who donate at least a dollar will receive Mardi Gras beads to wear in support of the hurricane evacuees.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, a blood drive will be held in the Health, Physical, Education and Recreation Center (HPER Center) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are asked to sign up in the student center throughout the week. In addition, the 11:20 a.m. service in Weaver Chapel that day will feature Scott Hoskins, director of the Clark County chapter of the American Red Cross.
Wittenberg students will also be collecting donations for Hurricane Katrina victims during intermission at the Wittenberg Series-sponsored Susan Marshall & Company dance concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center.
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