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Dinner benefits clean water efforts in Honduras

Feb. 3, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A benefit dinner featuring a traditional Honduran meal and live entertainment is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 17, on the campus of Western Michigan University. "Hope for Honduras," hosted by Engineers Without Borders-WMU, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

The event will raise money for EWB-WMU efforts on a project to bring clean water to the village of San Carlos, Honduras, where people are suffering from water-borne diseases. The WMU student group has partnered with the Lansing Professional Chapter and Michigan State University-Engineers Without Borders for the Honduras project. About two years ago, the Lansing Professional Chapter raised enough funds to build a water tank near the village. EWB-WMU is helping construct new piping for that system, and the MSU group is working on the water purification aspect.

All of the proceeds from the dinner at WMU will go toward the piping project, however, the group is fundraising separately to pay for travel expenses to San Carols for implementation of the new system either later this year or in summer 2011.

At the Feb. 17 event, a traditional Honduran meal will be served, including chicken with black beans, salsa, and rice or roasted vegetables over rice. Throughout dinner, live music will be played with songs from Honduras. Following dinner, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell will speak. The night will conclude with a silent auction featuring artwork from the people of San Carlos.

Tickets are being sold Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Harmon Glass in Kalamazoo or at EWB-WMU meetings at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Room C-135 in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. They are $5 for WMU students and $20 for non-students and should be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 10. Tickets will, however, be sold at the door as well. "Hope for Honduras" is sponsored by WMU's Student Assessment Fee. All proceeds will go toward the water project.

For more information, call Harmon Glass at (269) 375-1133 or contact ewb.wmu@gmail.com.

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