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Drive Safe Kalamazoo fund-raiser is Friday

April 11, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Drive Safe Kalamazoo will hold its fourth annual Drive Safe Kalamazoo Gala and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.

The theme for the evening is "Mardi Gras: Revealing the Faces That Are Saving Lives." Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance.

A nonprofit registered student organization at the University, DSK gives free nonjudgmental rides home to WMU students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The organization grew out of a group problem solving class five years ago and provided its 30,000th ride about 3 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

Sarah Hurd, coordinator for the 2007 gala, explains that DSK uses rented cars, exclusively depends on donations from the community and limited University funding, and operates nearly every weekend that WMU is in session.

"We have more than 100 volunteers, and most nights we run five to seven cars," says Hurd, a junior public relations major from Saginaw, Mich., and a member of WMU's Lee Honors College.

"We're one of eight college safe ride programs in the nation. All of our members are trained, and they all provide an essential service to the University and outlying community."

For more information or to purchase tickets for the upcoming fund-raiser, contact Sarah Hurd at sarah.e.hurd@wmich.edu or (269) 387-9973.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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