As President Bush prepares to address the nation tonight (Sept. 15) about the Hurricane Katrina disaster and his massive reconstruction plan, West Virginia University fund-raising efforts for victims topped $56,000.
The total includes money raised through theDollars for Disasterfund-raiser, student-athlete collection at Saturdays (Sept. 10) WVU -Wofford football game and employee contributions at WVU Hospitals (including the WVUH match of $10,000).
TheDollars for Disasterdrive, coordinated by the WVU Student Health Advisory Board, wraps up Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Mountainlair and Health Sciences Center.
Popular local rock band Jr. Pezz, meanwhile, is among the groups lending a hand to the Coca-ColaDollars for DisasterBenefit Concert from noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Hazel Ruby-McQuain Riverfront Park amphitheater.
The lineup features seven acts, including the Bowling League, Dave Longfellow Ensemble, Hello Cantaloupe, Imperfects and When Everything Goes Wrong. There will also be a variety of games, prizes, raffles and other activities for students and community members to enjoyplus food available for purchase from Buffalo Wild Wings Grill&Bar, Garfields and other vendors.
Many local businesses and organizations have contributed to the event. WVU units and student groups participating are Alpha Omega Omega, Alpha Phi Omega, Juggling Club, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Mountaineer Maniacs, National Exemplary Scholars in Service, National Society of Black Engineers, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Sigma Kappa sorority, Student Affairs, Student Health Advisory Board and Student Organization Services.
The benefit concert is open to the public. Admission is a financial donation to the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort. Tickets will be sold inside and outside the Mountainlair Sept. 19-23, and they will be available at the gate on the day of the event.
The WVU chapter of The Institute for Human Dignity is organizing the concert. To learn how to get involved, contact Erin Blake, Student Organization Services administrative secretary, at 304-293-4397 or