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Purdue students raise $1k+ for Haiti in first night of fundraising

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University student groups kicked off fundraising efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti on Thursday (Jan. 14) night, raising $1,041.

Members of The Purdue Organization for Labor Equality and the local Red Cross collected donations before and after the Lady Gaga concert outside Elliott Hall of Music, near the Bell Tower, around the fountain in front of Hovde Hall, and at the Purdue Armory and Felix Haas Hall.

Faculty, students or staff can donate to The Purdue Haiti Relief Fund, said Pablo Malavenda, associate dean of student activities. Money will be sent to the Red Cross every week, with $2,000 as the weekly goal, he said.

Student organizations will continue to raise money for Haiti for the next four to six weeks, said Logan Stalions, treasurer of the relief account and a senior in the College of Liberal Arts. A member of the Purdue Organization for Labor Equality, Stalions confirmed the amount raised on Thursday.

Volunteers from Purdue Student Government, the American Red Cross Club of Purdue University, Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and Purdue Organization for Labor Equality will set up tables to collect donations every day next week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bell Tower, the Hello Walk on Memorial Mall and Stewart Center, Malavenda said.

Those interested in giving also can make donations in person at the Purdue Student Government Office in Stewart Center, Room G6. They also can mail checks, money orders or cash to 128 Memorial Mall, Box 640, Stewart Center, Purdue University.

“Purdue students have always been in tune with what’s going on in the rest of the world and have responded promptly to disasters within and outside the country,” Malavenda said. “Any student organization at Purdue that wants to do their own fundraiser can come to the dean of students office and we’ll help them set up the event so that the money goes into the Purdue Haiti Relief Fund.”

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