By J. Ferguson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
A handful of UA executives want students to spend a few extra dollars this week on lunch.
In a grassroots initiative, a group of concerned men and women have set up a charity luncheon, costing $10 per person, to help rebuild the homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The Cats for Katrina relief luncheon and raffle will be held Thursday at noon in the Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom.
Because many students are already spending close to $7 for lunch when eating on campus, organizers thought asking them to spend a few extra dollars was worth the good cause, said Steve Adamczyk, a UA attorney and one of the organizers of the event.
Info. desk, student union
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So far, there have been about 115 tickets sold and they hope to sell at least another 35. Students can also purchase tickets at the door on the day of the luncheon, Adamczyk said.
Raffle tickets will also be sold at the luncheon for $5, giving attendees the chance to win UA autographed sports items, he said.
The idea for the luncheon started a few days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
A discussion between Adamczyk and Hassan Hijazi, the assistant director for federal relations at the UA, prompted the idea to spur a charity effort involving all university community members.
The luncheon is not event-sponsored or organized by the UA itself, but by individuals who work at the university, Adamczyk said.
Initially, the event was going to be a small charity luncheon for 20 to 30 people.
But after discussions with Dan Adams, the director of Arizona Student Unions, they broadened the size of the event.
"We were thinking really small," Adamczyk said, "But we realized it could be a much bigger event and we said 'let's do the ballroom.'"
As the size of the event increased, Adamczyk said he brought in Sheri Hill, an executive assistant in President Likin?fs office. He said Hill had experience in fundraising in her role in collecting funds for tsunami relief.
Hill said she worked with Likins?f staff to arrange for him to address the luncheon, which is no easy task because ?ghis schedule is insane.?h