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September 2, 2005
Contact: Mindy Osborne, KU Center for Community Outreach, (785) 864-4073

KU students lead effort to raise funds for hurricane victims; benefit concert slated

LAWRENCE -- The Center for Community Outreach at the University of Kansas announced today it will lead an official, university wide relief effort in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"Jayhawks Band Together: Katrina Relief" is the official name of the coalition that will spearhead fundraising efforts on the Lawrence campus.

John Wilson, co-director for CCO, said the goal of the campaign was not simply to raise much-needed funds for the American Red Cross, but also to reinforce the idea of empathy and compassion for all people.

"Regardless of who you are, where you live, how much you make, or how hectic your schedule is, we ask that you use your time, talents or resources to help with our efforts," Wilson said.

COO will have donation sites set up at the Kansas Union, Wescoe Beach and the corner of Sunnyside Drive and Irving Hill Road (next to the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage). Fund-raising will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 12, through Friday, Sept. 16.

KU Athletics will donate $10,000 to the relief efforts on behalf of student-athletes and coaches. KU student-athletes and students also will collect donations at KU's first three home football games starting tomorrow, Sept. 3, and also on Sept. 10 and 17. Collections will be taken at Memorial Stadium entrances two hours before kickoff of each game. All donations will be given to the Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross with "Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief" written in the memo portion.

The KU Bookstores and CCO are sponsoring a "Gulf Coast College Student Benefit" from Sept. 6 to Sept. 9. Ten percent of pre-tax sales at the Kansas and Burge Union bookstores will benefit an emergency textbook fund for displaced college students. No exclusions apply. The bookstores are open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday though Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

The KU Music and Dance Department will hold a benefit concert on at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall. All donations will be sent to the American Red Cross. A suggested donation of $10 or more per person will be taken at the door. Tickets also can be reserved by calling the Lied Center Box Office at (785) 864-LIVE. Those reserving tickets must be checked in by 7:15 p.m. on event night to claim reserved seats.

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center has created welcome packages for Gulf Coast students admitted to the university. Welcome packages include school supplies, snacks, gift certificates to local businesses and KU clothing merchandise.

Additional donation drop off sites are located at the front desks of the following residence halls: Lewis, Templin, Ellsworth, McCollum, Oliver, GSP and Corbin. Community service chairs at each of the 11 scholarship halls also will be collecting donations from fellow residents.

Jayhawks Band Together: Katrina Relief Official Donation Sites
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 9
Monday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 16
Students are encouraged to donate money to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at one of the three official campus donation sites.

The sites are located at:

  • Kansas Union
  • Wescoe Beach (in front of Wescoe Hall)
  • The corner of Sunnyside Drive and Irving Hill Road (next to the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage)

Jayhawks Band Together includes CCO, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, Student Senate, Student Union Activities, KU Athletics, the Kansas Memorial Unions, KU Bookstores, Inter-fraternity Council, Pan-Hellenic, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Department of Student Housing, Office of Student Success, the All Scholarship Hall Council, Unity Hip Hop Dance Troop, the KU NAACP, Department of Music and Dance, the Kansas Alumni Association, the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, the Office of the Provost, KU Libraries and concerned university faculty, staff and students.

The following businesses have contributed to KU relief efforts: Henry T's, the University Bookshop, Jayhawk Bookstore, Mr. Goodcents, Quiznos, Bloom Bath, Wheat State Pizza and Hy-Vee.

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