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SGA hosting raffle to benefit United Way

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 01:12

The Marshall University Student Government Association is hosting a raffle to benefit the United Way Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center.

Aja Smith, Marshall University student body vice president, said tickets cost $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets.

“All of the raffle money will go toward our goal of raising $35,000 for United Way, proceeds from the t-shirts also go to this goal.” Smith said. “More importantly, we’re trying to raise awareness for United Way, and increase participation in our campaign.”

Students, staff and community members can also donate to United Way by purchasing a T-shirt or hooded sweatshirt.

Jaye Ike, Chair of the United Way committee at Marshall University, emphasized the importance of United Way in the community.

“When you give to United Way, you’re spreading your money across many agencies and programs in our community,” Ike said. “The agencies are vetted by volunteers, so that you know your money is going to the most important and viable programs.”

United Way of the River Cities supports programs and strategies that address problems in our region.

“Thirty percent of United Way dollars assure that individuals and families in crisis have food, clothing, safe shelter, and medications,” Ike said. “Seventy percent help fund programs that are creating long-term solutions to critical issues like substance abuse, the dropout problem, lack of life preparation skills, and childhood obesity, to name a few.”

According to Ike, United Way is also involved in partnerships that are making an impact on early childhood learning, financial stability, dropout prevention and preventing substance abuse among youth.

Those purchasing raffle tickets will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire. The winner will be announced next week.

A 2012 limited edition handcrafted ceramic “Go Herd” football commemorating the 2012 season can also be purchased at The Pottery Place in Pullman Square until Dec. 15 with the money benefiting United Way of the River Cities.

Students unable to make it to the Memorial Student Center Tuesday can also purchase tickets from campaign chair Jaye Ike in her office located in Smith Hall room 160 or visit www.marshall.edu/unitedway to make a donation or buy a shirt.

Ashley Killingsworth can be contacted at ashley.killingsworth@marshall.edu.

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