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Students look on as Officer Matt Boley kisses a pig to help raise funds for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief.- Campus Communications photos

**For Immediate Release**
Students Raise Funds for Disaster Relief
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-14-05
by Laura Dahl

Oklahoma Panhandle State University students, faculty and staff have been busy over the past ten days raising money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. Under the direction of a special committee in the Student Senate, several organizations and individuals have dedicated time to the cause.

Theresa Boyd-Foster led the relief effort as chair of the committee. She contacted the Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross in Guymon, and signed a contract to raise funds under their name. She and students Dasha Guymon, David Suto, Scott Garrison, and Ismael Carillo sponsored a “Kiss the Pig” contest during Homecoming, and Officer Matt Boley of the Goodwell Police Department was the “lucky” winner. Thanks to Mr. Burger in Guymon and the OPSU Bookstore for donating items to help the fundraising efforts. The students also placed jars in area businesses and contacted individuals to donate to the relief effort.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee and athletic department staff also raised funds. Student Bridgett Mizer, Assistant Athletic Director Brad Vanden Boogaard as well as a number of student athletes sold 50/50 raffle tickets. Half of the money collected was donated to the American Red Cross and the other half went to the raffle winner. In addition, the Athletic Department collected money from staff members. In a short amount of time, OPSU students and staff have raised well over $800 for American Red Cross.

OPSU has already donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross for use in the relief effort after local Red Cross officials stressed the need for immediate cash, and recently donated another $500 to the Red Cross for disaster relief. These funds came from money donated by area citizens and businesses for OPSU’s discretionary use.

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