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Sigma Phi Epsilon collects donations for tsunami relief

Jan. 11, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Western Michigan University are braving the elements on campus to accept contributions to aid victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy.

Fraternity members are stationed at the campus flagpoles near Kanley Chapel and the Lee Honors College daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They began accepting donations Monday, Jan. 10, and will continue through Friday, Jan. 14. All donations made through the Sigma Phi Epsilon effort will be turned over to the Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

"We had a very successful first day," says Jonathan Meyer, fraternity president. "We collected more than $600 on Monday. Originally, we thought that $1,000 would be a good total for the week, but now we're hoping to double that.

Contributions through the Sigma Phi Epsilon campus fund-raising effort may be made by check payable to "American Red Cross," and those who contribute by personal check will receive a gift acknowledgement for tax-deduction purposes, assuming their check includes a valid home address.

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

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