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Pennies for Patients underway at Minot State

To combat blood cancer, Minot State University Residence Life and Housing office and Student Activities are spearheading Pennies for Patients, its annual fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As part of the fundraiser, a Penny Carnival, open to the public, is Jan. 27 in the Dome from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"Last year, MSU raised $5,044.68, but this year, we hope to raise $5,500! So, campus departments should display those buckets because the competition runs through March 13," said Camila Van Dyke, residence life coordinator.

MSU students, faculty and staff and community members are encouraged to enjoy and participate in the Penny Carnival. Campus organizations and departments host booths, games or activities for any age. Festivities include bounce houses, face painting, ring toss, cake walks and more. All games will range from 25 cents to $1. All parking lots are free and open to the public.

“Each year, we try to add a little something extra to make every carnival better than the last,” said Aaron Hughes, student activities coordinator. “This year, we are excited to add a main stage act to the event. Ivan Pecel will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. with a comedic juggling act that will be fun for the whole family!”

LLS, the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, was founded in 1949. It also funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Chapters exist throughout the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit its website at

If an individual or organization wishes to support Pennies for Patients by making a donation, contact Van Dyke at or 858-3584 or Hughes at or 858-3987.

Published: 01/21/15

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