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    October 9, 2006
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Fundraising for Project Mexico


On Sept. 20, more than 50 Temple administrators, students and friends noisily convened in the Draught Horse for a special viewing of Wheel of Fortune.

For a $20 door charge, participants watched the show right alongside Temple Student Government President Raysean Hogan, who appeared as a contestant on that evening’s episode. They also made donations to one of Temple’s international community service programs: Project Mexico.

It had been Raysean’s longstanding goal to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, and he finally was selected in a preliminary round this summer. Accustomed to thinking like a leader, he immediately began looking for ways to make his appearance on the show an opportunity to bring Temple together for community service.

“Raysean is a visionary leader who has a heart for improving the quality of life of those around him,” said TSG vice president of student affairs Juan Galeano.  “When he sets his mind on something, he has an amazing capacity bring people together around a common goal.”

For two years, the Office of Community Service has partnered with Los Niños, a non-profit community development organization, to offer Temple students an alternative winter break in Tijuana, Mexico. This year, a team of 16 students and four administrators will travel to Tijuana and work on infrastructure needs right alongside the local community, attend educational events and lectures to discuss such topics as border issues, and participate in other cultural events.

This year, Raysean Hogan was one of the students selected for Project Mexico after a rigorous application and interview process. In the following months, they will be campaigning and fundraising tirelessly to raise the $5,000 needed per student to make the trip possible. Watch campus bulletin boards and the Temple Times for upcoming fundraising events and an opportunity to contribute to Project Mexico.

For more information or questions about upcoming events, contact the Office of Community Service at www.temple.edu/community_service.


By Erin Cusack

For the Temple Times




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