Sam and Julie Kurcaba married on Oct. 22 at The Erickson Alumni Center and are active members at the West Virginia University Alumni Association’s University Chapter.

On Nov. 13, the two cheered on the Mountaineers at the Cincinnati game, but received a call at 3 a.m. They packed their bags and drove 300 miles to Morgantown only to find a devastating fire had burned their house to the ground.

The fire took the lives of their two cats and destroyed most of their wedding gifts and personal possessions. The University Chapter hopes to ease some of their grief and asks alumni and friends to help these fellow Mountaineers.

On Thursday Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., a football watch party for the WVU vs. University of South Florida game will be held at Chic-N-Bones Rhythm Caf� (444 Chestnut Street in Morgantown) and proceeds will benefit the Kurcabas. The chapter will provide food and beer for those who donate at least $5 at the door. Any and all donations will be accepted. Additionally, a raffle and silent auction will be held to raise money for the couple.

“Julie and Sam are loyal Mountaineers and active members of our chapter,” said Casey Quinlan, chapter president. “The fire was devastating to them and this is a great way for our alumni and community members to come out and offer their support while cheering the team to victory.”

This event is open to all WVU alumni and friends. For those who cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, they can be sent to the Sam & Julie Kurcaba Fund, c/o Ryan Lindsay, Huntington Bank, 201 High St., Morgantown, WV 26501.

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CONTACT: Tara Curtis, WVU Alumni Association

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