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Caffeine High is 'fun-raiser' for worthy causes

Sept. 8, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students are sponsoring a carnival-like fund-raising event, Caffeine High, to support two worthy causes--Drive Safe Kalamazoo and American military personnel stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan or other overseas duty.

Members of the campus and Kalamazoo communities are welcome at Caffeine High this Friday, Sept. 10, from 7 p.m. to midnight on the Fountain Plaza at Miller Auditorium. Activities include karaoke, food, "mocktails" (non-alcoholic versions of popular drinks), inflatable obstacle course, bonzi bikes, bungee run, free giveaways and door prizes.

Those attending will have the opportunity to drop a WMU official in a dunk tank with a contribution of $5 per throw. Slated for trips to the dunk tank are Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs, and Patrick Daniel, director of student activities and leadership programs.

Admission is $3 per person, which includes all activities except the dunk donations. Food and drinks may be purchased separately. All proceeds from the evening will be divided to support the purchase of care packages for U.S. soldiers stationed overseas and Drive Safe Kalamazoo. DSK is a WMU student organization that encourages students not to drink and drive by providing free rides home for students, with "no questions asked."

Care packages for U.S. soldiers are estimated to cost about $27 each and will include 10 different items, according to Justin De Graaf, one of the events' organizers. "These care packages will be sent to any U.S. soldier stationed abroad for whom we are given an APO (military address) by a local-area friend or family member," says De Graaf. Addresses may be dropped off at Caffeine High or sent to De Graaf at <jdg@justindegraaf.com>.

Caffeine High is sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Drive Safe Kalamazoo and WMU's chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. All three are WMU registered student organizations.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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