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By Donna Yee (October 31, 2007)

Residential Life Raffle Night Set for Nov. 6

On Nov. 6, Residential Life will hold its Third Annual Raffle Night, with proceeds going to the Disabled Student Scholarship Fund. The event will take place in UAlbany’s Campus Center Ballroom from 7-10 p.m.  Among the many performers will be UAlbany’s male a cappella group, The Earth Tones, Angelic Voices of Praise, a poet from the Albany State University Black Alliance, and the UAlbany Pep Squad performing a step routine.  Residential Life has also invited several other student groups on campus to perform.

Raffle Night, which began in 2005 as an event to contribute to the rebuilding of Louisiana and Mississippi after the effects of Hurricane Katrina, has turned into a tradition for the Department of Residential Life.  The event raised nearly $7,000 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Last year, in 2006, the event honored the memory of UAlbany’s late President Kermit Hall by raising $6,000, which was donated to the Inaugural Scholarship Fund. 

At this year’s event, Residential Life is raffling off several prizes. Among the prizes: the top five housing lottery numbers. In addition, four winners will receive free textbooks for a semester, and five winners will receive $100 each in Podium, a method of adding cash to a SUNYCard which can function much like a debit card.  Residential Life is also raffling an iTouch, a Nintendo Wii, UAlbany basketball season tickets, and tickets for floor seats at the UAlbany versus Siena basketball game. 

Holly Barker-Flynn, assistant director of Residential Life and parent liaison, hopes to raise $10,000 at this year’s Raffle Night as a donation to the Disabled Student Scholarship Fund. 

The decision to donate the money to the Disabled Student Scholarship Fund came about when Paul P. Porter III, who works with the Disability Resource Center, approached Residential Life about helping to publicize the “Jail & Bail” program occurring Nov. 30, from 12-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.  Residential Life had not yet picked a recipient for the money raised and decided to donate the proceeds to the Disabled Student Fund after meeting with Porter.  The “Jail & Bail” program will also benefit the Disabled Student Scholarship Fund, as well as bring attention to the needs of disabled students at UAlbany. 

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