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Hawk Rock Project aids charities

by IUP News Service on September 25, 2013 10:59 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Hawk Rock Project, a student community-service campaign to benefit agencies addressing homelessness and hunger in Indiana, is holding several fundraising events.

A food drive will be held Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Indiana Bi-Lo on North Fourth Street.

The Hawk Rock, a 24-hour dance-a-thon, is scheduled from 10 a.m. Oct. 19 to 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

All donations will benefit the Indiana County Community Action Program food bank and Pathway Homeless Shelter; the Community Kitchen, which prepares and serves meals to Indiana County residents in need; and Family Promise of Indiana County, which provides temporary housing, counseling and meals to homeless and low-income families as they work to achieve independence.

In 2012, the Hawk Rock raised $10,000 for these three local charities.

Individual dancers may register for the Hawk Rock with a $20 donation, which entitles the participant to a T-shirt and free food during the marathon.

They may enter as individuals, pairs or groups. Dancers also are encouraged to raise funds before the event. Any individual or group raising $100 or more will have an opportunity to dance on stage and be seen on the Ed Fry Arena’s large-screen television.

People may register in advance at hawkrock or by contacting the Office of Service Learning at (724) 357-2235.

The Hawk Rock Project is directed by the student Hawk Rock Committee and coordinated by the IUP Office of Service Learning.

A total of 21 students are members of the committee. Many student organizations also are participating.


PHOTO: IUP students collected food Sunday at Giant Eagle grocery store in White Township as part of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Hawk Rock project, which supports the Indiana County Community Action Program, Family Promise of Indiana County and Community Kitchen. From left are Andrea Marra, Hawk Rock Committee chairwoman; Amy Oplinger, a junior Spanish education major; and Rachel Alexander, a sophomore marketing major.

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