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Purdue fundraising for Haiti starts before Lady Gaga concert tonight

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue student organization will kick off its fundraising efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti on Thursday (Jan.14) night outside Elliott Hall of Music before and after the Lady Gaga concert.

The Purdue Organization for Labor Equality, in partnership with Purdue Student Government, has initiated a campus-wide effort to raise money for Haiti, said Pablo Malavenda, associate dean of student activities.

“They have set up an account, The Purdue Haiti Relief Fund, that any faculty, student or staff member can send money to,” he said. “The money will go to the Red Cross.

“Funds will be raised for the next four to six weeks and will be sent on a weekly basis. The goal is to raise $2,000 a week.”

Donations will be collected Thursday night near the Bell Tower, around the fountain in front of Hovde Hall, at the Purdue Armory and at Felix Haas Hall.

Those collecting donations will display the Red Cross logo on their T-shirts and/or donation boxes.

In the coming weeks, those interested in giving 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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