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Benefit Auction Raises $3,375 for WKU’s ‘Textbooks for Troops’

wku gray blackBOWLING GREEN, Ky. (12/10/13) - WKU Military Student Services’ first “Textbooks For Troops” benefit auction on Dec. 7 raised a total of $3,375.50.

Wintry weather played a role in preventing many from attending the event at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center; however, for those who braved the cold, some great deals were made while supporting a worthwhile cause.

Items were donated from all over the United States including Walt Disney World, Dollywood and Holiday World. Mark Harmon, Peyton Manning, Josh Dallas, the Indianapolis Colts, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators contributed signed memorabilia while several local organizations and attractions also contributed items. Vendors from Flealand made a great showing of donated items from clocks to handmade crafts and collectibles.

“This was our first big fund-raising event and we hope that next year is bigger and better with even more great items,” said Teresa Jameson, Textbooks For Troops coordinator.

“Textbooks for Troops” provides free textbooks to eligible active duty, National Guard, Reserve, ROTC and veterans attending classes at WKU. In the fall 2013 semester, more than 130 students signed up for the program.

The “Textbooks for Troops” program has received generous donations from Terry Scariot, the Parents Advisory Council and the WKU Sisterhood, which have allowed Military Student Services to purchase books. In addition, more than 80 students have donated textbooks for the lending library and a spring book drive collected more than 300 books.

If you couldn’t make it to campus for the auction, you can still help out the “Textbooks for Troops” program by making secure online donations at www.wku.edu/veterans. Select “Give to WKU Military Student Services” and then select the WKU Make a Gift button near the bottom of the page.

More information also is available on the Military Student Services Facebook page.

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