February 3, 2005

Faculty, staff and students at the University of North Texas Health Science Center donated almost $6,000 to aid agencies for tsunami relief efforts, and thatâ??s just the beginning.

This week, two fundraisers will take place on campus to continue raising money for the UNTHSCâ??s tsunami relief effort, called Open Your Hearts–Help Save & Rebuild Lives. The fundraiser runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 14.

On Feb. 2, the International Student Association, the Medical Student Government Association and Student Affairs will come together with Dominoes pizza to host two pizza sale eventsâ??one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the other from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

Dominoes will bring its gazebo to the health science center for the event. All proceeds will go to the four charities designated by the health science centerâ??the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, International Relief Teams and Save the Children. If employees prefer to designate other organizations that are involved in the relief effort, contributions will be sent to those organizations as well.

On Feb. 4, Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the health science center, will host a wine and food sampling in the atrium of the Education and Administration Building from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A $5 donation is requested for food sampling, and a $4 donation is requested for wine sampling. An $8 donation is requested for both.

Tsunami relief t-shirts are also available for $10, and $6 from every t-shirt sale goes to the relief effort.

â??The tsunami that hit Southeast Asia affected several people associated with the health science center,â? Dr. Blanck said. â??In an effort to reach out to our HSC family and the people of Southeast Asia, we encourage everyone to support our efforts.â?

The health science centerâ??s institutional goal is 100 percent participation. For more information, or to contribute to the health science centerâ??s tsunami relief effort, log on to the HSC website and click on the Tsunami Relief Effort logo.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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