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Clubs raise money for attack victims

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Marketing senior Heather Husband (front) and retail sophomore Lauren Hall help color in flags at Pi Beta Phi sorority yesterday afternoon. Along with sending profits from flag sales to New York, donation bins will be set up in dorms, fraternities and sororities to collect money for firemen and victims of Tuesday's attacks.

By James Maxwell

Monday September 17, 2001

Several groups pass out red, white and blue ribbons in exchange for donations

Several UA clubs raised money to donate to charitable organizations assisting with relief efforts for victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Scott Coffey, vice president of Pi Kappa Alpha, said his fraternity, along with the Alpha Phi sorority, passed out red, white and blue ribbons on the UA Mall last week.

He said they gave out the ribbons for a $1 donation to the Red Cross.

"We make deposits everyday to the Red Cross to assist with (the) New York and D.C. crises," he said.

Coffey said the ribbons were donated by Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi, and the collaborating houses passed out over 6,000 ribbons by early Friday afternoon.

He said the organizations raised an estimated $10,000 in three days.

Jesse Todd, vice-president of the Interfraternity Council, said all the university's greek chapters made U.S. flags and postcards to benefit the International Association of Fire Fighters.

He said the flags will be available on the University of Arizona Mall for people who make donations and that anyone on campus is invited to sign the homemade postcards, which will be sent to the relief fund.

Approximately 500 greek students participated in the fund-raising efforts and will continue to make the flags and postcards throughout the week.

Todd added that they hope to distribute over 5,000 flags this week.

Megan Donnelly, president of Pi Beta Phi, said the greek chapters will also conduct a teddy bear drive for distribution to children of the rescue workers lost in New York. A poster will also be placed on the Mall with a list of supplies people can donate to the relief fund.

Donnelly said she was happy to see the university's greek community work together on a good cause.

"With 150 members in the house, everyone knows someone affected by this tragedy," she said.

Lauren McCabe, a media arts senior and member of the UA Mortar Board senior honorary, said she helped collect donations on the UA Mall for the Rescue Workers Widows and Families Fund.

"The money will go to the fund in Manhattan that will assist families and widows of police, firefighters and rescue workers that were lost in New York," she said.

She said that last week she collected the money on her own but expects the rest of the honorary to participate in the fund-raising efforts.

"As a resident of (New) Jersey, I feel like I have to do my part," McCabe said.

McCabe raised $1,000 and said she hopes to collect $3,000 by the end of this week. She added that at the end of the week when the donation check is sent, the honorary will enclose a letter of condolence.

"I feel I should help the people in my town help the people in New York since I can't be there," she said.

Michelle Schrolucke, vice president of the honorary Clareo, said the organization held a fundraising car wash for Saturday. After the attack, however, she said the organization decided to donate all the proceeds from the car wash to the Red Cross and World Care.

"We decided they needed the money more than we did," she said.

Kristel Miller, a political science junior and member of Clareo, said individual people donated $20 to the fundraiser, which is, "unheard of for a car wash."

"I've done a car wash before, but the turnout (Saturday) was unbelievable," she said. "It's just a good feeling."

Schrolucke said the honorary collected $348 total.

On Sept. 30, the organization will go door-to-door to collect personal hygiene products for World Care.

Various clubs and organizations will continue to raise money on- and off-campus this week for relief funds.


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