**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.