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Students Holding 50/50 Raffle to Benefit Local Food Pantries

October 15, 2010

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MACOMB, IL - - Students from Western Illinois University's management and marketing department are hosting a 50/50 raffle as part of a community service project in support of local food pantries.

Students in four sections of Management 125Y, which are part of Western's First Year Experience (FYE) program, will begin selling tickets for the raffle to benefit the local Loaves and Fishes and Salvation Army food pantries beginning Monday, Oct. 18; sales will continue through Friday, Oct. 29.

Cost is $1 per ticket and students will be selling tickets individually. Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will be used to purchase food for the respective pantries. The prize for the raffle winner is half of the total amount of money collected from the ticket sales; the winner does not need to be present to win. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.

Three instructors in the management and marketing department, Jeri Harper, Becky Mahr and Cathy Onion, came up with the idea as a way for today's college students to understand the importance of social responsibility, which is one of Western's core values.

"Considering the current economic climate, the students involved are receptive to the idea of giving back to the community they live in," Mahr said. "Since a majority of today's businesses stress social responsibility, this project prepares students to volunteer and assume an active role in making a difference."

For more information, contact Mahr at (309) 298-1430 or by e-mail at

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