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Fraternity camps out for Habitat for Humanity

Feb. 19, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Members of Western Michigan University's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will brave sub-freezing temperatures for 48 straight hours camping outside to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 23-25.

Overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the teens during ATO's annual Campus Campout, which will take place at the West Campus flag poles beginning at noon Tuesday and continuing through noon Thursday. Just a few tents will shelter about 50 students, who will be camping in shifts during their marathon bid to raise $5,000 to help build a Habitat home in Kalamazoo this year.

Everyone is invited to stop by the campsite, located at the center of West Campus next to the Lee Honors College, to make a donation or learn more about Habitat for Humanity.

WMU'S ATO chapter started the Campus Campout in 2003 to raise funds to support the hands-on volunteer efforts of its members and other WMU students who work with Habitat.

Donations also may be made on behalf of ATO by credit card online at habitatkalamazoo.org. "ATO" or "Campout" should be entered in the appropriate box. Checks payable to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity with "ATO" in the memo line may be mailed to Habitat for Humanity, 525 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo MI 49007.

For more information about Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, visit habitatkalamazoo.org or call (269) 344-2443.

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

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