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Student 'Spirit Towel' Sale Will Feed the Hungry This Thanksgiving

November 12, 2001

November 12, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - You've heard of "throwing in the towel." Some DePauw University students sold "spirit towels" for Saturday's Monon Bell game, and as a result of their efforts, several thousand dollars is being "thrown in" to a good cause.

The students are members of DePauw's Circle K, a service initiative club. Dave Ziemba, a student member of the DePauw club and a lieutenant governor for the Indiana District of Circle K says, "as an organization, we wanted to enjoy this annual event, but also try to create a sense of spirit and at the same time collect money to help others in Putnam County to have a good Thanksgiving Holiday. When I was president of my high school Key Club we had a successful sale of spirit towels, and I thought if it worked then, why not now?"

The towels were sold for $5. Five hundred were produced, and all were sold in three days, netting $2,500 for hunger relief in Putnam County. That amounts to more than a dollar for every student at DePauw.

Ziemba says he and Circle K DePauw President Vanessa Downs "couldn't be more pleased with the response to our fund-raiser or the result. The real winners from Monon Weekend will be people who will have food on their table this Thanksgiving because of the generosity of the DePauw community."