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Alpha Gamma Rho President Cameron Kessling, center, presents the proceeds of the recent Smokin' Hog event to Agriculture Instructor Jana Knupp and School of Agriculture Director Andy Baker.
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AGR's Smokin' Hog Event Raises $10,000 for WIU School of Ag, Food Pantry

January 20, 2021

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MACOMB, IL – The annual Smokin' Hog fundraising event, put on by Western Illinois University's Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity, raised $10,000 for the WIU School of Agriculture and the WIU Food Pantry.

This was the 28th year for the event, which had to be altered slightly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The food was delivered in a drive-through format from the AGR house on North Lafayette Street.

"We faced a lot of diversity this year due to current COVID-19 restrictions, not being able to have in person dining or a concert preceding the event," said AGR President Cameron Kessling, a senior agriculture major, of Edelstein, IL. "Our AGR house has the perfect driveway setup for a drive-through, with vehicles entering from the north and exiting out the south. Our Smokin' Hog drive-thru allowed us to follow all guidelines/restrictions and still be able to serve our awesome community."

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