WVU Students Organize Pasta Dinner to Benefit Cancer Center
Fundraiser part of Penny Wars between WVU and Pitt

Several student organizations at West Virginia University are organizing a pasta dinner Saturday, Nov. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. at Emmaus Hall on University Avenue.
Money from the dinner will go to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Comfort Fund.  The Fund provides MBRCC patients with short-term financial assistance for medication, gasoline, and lodging expenses.

Members of the Mountaineer Maniacs, the Student Government Association, the Greeks, Alpha Phi Omega, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Colleges Against Cancer planned the Italian feast to help fund Penny Wars.

Penny Wars is a friendly competition between WVU and the University of Pittsburgh to see which school raises more loose change for its cancer center. 

“The reason there is so much student support for Penny Wars is because we recognize that this fundraiser is a worthy cause,” said Sam Madia, graduate assistant for student organizations at WVU. “Cancer hits close to home for so many students.  We all know someone who has had the disease, so we are all familiar with the difficulties and hardships associated with it.”

WVU student organizations will also have collection bins set up in the Mountainlair Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Students can drop their loose change in the bin and purchase a “Beat Pitt” t-shirt and a ticket to the dinner. 
Tickets are also available by calling the Cancer Center at (304) 293-3711.  The cost is $6 a person.

“Thanks to the Italian American Organization at WVU, which is preparing the pasta dinner, we will be able to offer a great, inexpensive meal,” said Madia.  “Since November 3 is Family Day at WVU, we anticipate a big turnout.”

“I can not say enough about the support we’ve gotten from WVU students for Penny Wars,” said Karen Wiman, special events coordinator at WVU’s Cancer Center.  “They have been fantastic.”

The Penny Wars campaign will end November 16.  Anyone interested in donating can drop their spare change into one of the large collection bins placed around WVU, including at the Mountainlair and at the Health Sciences Center cafeteria, bookstore and valet parking entrance.  Collection bins are also set up at area businesses, including Boston Beanery restaurants, the WVGameDay.com store and Texas Roadhouse.  Donations will be accepted at Huntington Bank’s Suncrest and High Street locations.  Huntington Bank is the event’s official sponsor.

The winner of the Penny Wars competition will be announced at the WVU versus Pitt football game Dec. 1 at Mountaineer Field.


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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
sls: 10-17-07

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