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April 12, 2006
Contact: Richard Friesner, (785) 812-1732 or (785) 760-3865.

KU graduate student hopes to raise $3,000 for Jubilee Cafe with three-day run in May

LAWRENCE — In May, a University of Kansas graduate student will run to raise funds for Jubilee Café, which serves a restaurant-style breakfast twice a week for in-need community patrons at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St.

Marathon runner Richard K. Friesner, a master’s degree student in environmental science from Albuquerque, N.M., will run until he raises $3,000 or for three days, whichever comes first, from noon Wednesday, May 3, to noon Saturday, May 6. The run circuit will be along Jayhawk Boulevard on the KU campus. Friesner, who is director for Stephenson Scholarship Hall, says he will take minimal breaks for food, water and naps no longer than two hours a day.

Friesner says he is looking for people to contribute toward his $3,000 goal in any amount from a penny to $1,000. He says he will accept pledges based on any flat amount or per lap or mile. Anyone may run with Freisner for $1 per lap. Contributions may also be donated by matching other raised funds up to $100.

Friesner has run several ultra-marathons and is running the Boston Marathon on April 17. He says his normal training program of running 100 miles a week will be enough to keep him in shape for the fundraiser.

Friesner, who has held various jobs with KU’s Department of Student Housing, has volunteered at Jubilee Café for the past two years. He says volunteering and donating to Jubilee Cafe is important to him because it gives him the opportunity to live the life that Jesus led. “The cafe treats patrons with respect,” he said.

In 2005, Friesner raised $600 for Jubilee Cafe in the Across the Years 24-hour race in Phoenix, Ariz.

Paul Shipley, coordinator for KU’s Center for Community Outreach, says Jubilee Cafe had been low on funding and that Friesner’s fundraiser will help the cafe’s budget immensely. Shipley says Jubilee Cafe costs CCO about $300 a week to run. “This would be the biggest donation we’ve had the entire time I’ve been here,” Shipley said.

The Jubilee Cafe is a fully licensed restaurant that began in 1994. It is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings, servings guests from 7 to 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church.

As a graduate student, Friesner works with the U.S. Geological Survey, where he focuses on water quality issues in northeastern Kansas. He received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in chemistry from KU in 2004.

Friesner will graduate with a master’s degree in environmental science May 21. He is the son of Bob and Kate Friesner of Albuquerque, N.M.

For more information or to make a donation e-mail Friesner at


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