September 8, 2005

To the CSUN Campus Community:

I am pleased to announce that today California State University, Northridge kicks off a campaign to raise $500,000 in five days to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This ambitious effort initiated and coordinated by the University Student Union allows CSUN to say "thanks" to a nation that gave generously to this campus following the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake. All donations will be given to the American Red Cross to be used for the benefit of the hurricane victims.

The campaign will be launched during the 13th Annual Welcome Celebration held on the lawn of the Student Services Building/Bayramian Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Financial donations will be collected each weekday from September 8 to 14. It will take $15 per each student, faculty, and staff to reach the $500,000 goal.

How you can help:

Bring your contribution to one of four collection stations that will accept donations weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Sept. 8, 12, 13, and 14), and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9:

  1. The University Student Union near Subway
2. The Bookstore front entrance
3. The Sierra Center near Freudian Sip, and
4. The quad area between the Business and Education departments

For inter-campus mail donations, please make checks payable to the "American Red Cross" and send your donation to the Business Services Office of the University Student Union at mail code 8272.

Cal State Northridge suffered tremendous damage during the earthquake, and people and businesses across the country responded with an outpouring of support and assistance. Now it is our turn to repay that generosity.

"I am confident that we will raise half a million dollars in five days," said Vicki Allen, Assistant Director for Student Involvement of the Matador Involvement Center and one of the event's organizers. "We have to do something."

While this campaign asks for $15 per person, I believe many among us can give more so please give your best. No donation is too small. Every dollar will aid this institution in reaching the goal.
I also invite you to follow our progress. Each day, banners posted on the Sierra Lawn and at each donation site will chronicle the campaign's growth.

"I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the campus to come together for this event," said Debra L. Hammond, Executive Director of the University Student Union, and an event organizer. "Not simply because it's a worthy cause, but because it is the right thing to do."

For more information about the fundraising campaign, call the Matador Involvement Center at (818) 677-3260.

For more about the university's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, click here.

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