FHSU leadership studies group spearheads first Shack-A-Thon for Ellis County Habitat for Humanity

Last minute registration is still available for businesses and school organizations that want to take part in a bit of friendly competition April 20-22, using everything from hay bales to cardboard and tarps to build the best shack.

Shack-A-Thon is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County. Teams can register until Wednesday, April 20. Cost is $75 for student and non-profit organizations and $150 for businesses.

The event will be held in the grassy area to the east of Gross Memorial Coliseum. Teams build shacks out of anything they can find on their own. Construction will take place Wednesday and Thursday. Team members must then spend the night in their assembled shacks.

" In order to be eligible for awards, teams must have at least two participants on site from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.," said Kate Coffman, Minneapolis, KS, senior and event organizer.

Visitors are welcome to view the shacks from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday and can vote on the best shack. An awards ceremony will take place at the site Friday at 7 a.m.

" There will be a lot going on throughout the night. Audio Spaghetti, a local band, will be playing and UAB is organizing some fun game shows. McDonald's has also donated breakfast. It's going to be a great event to take part in," said Coffman. "Over ten teams have already registered."

There will be other fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity during the Shack-a-Thon, including concessions, a bake sale, and an aluminum can drive competition.

The fundraiser has been entirely organized by an FHSU leadership studies team. Team members are Coffman, Jane Hoene, Hays senior, Kayla Muir, Stockton junior, and Lisa Schlegel, Hays sophomore. The purpose is to raise awareness of substandard housing in Ellis County and to raise funds in support of Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County.

" The Ellis County program has been recognized as an affiliate for not quite one year," said Jennie Straight, assistant professor of communication studies, vice-president of the Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County board and chair of the development and fundraising committee. Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County hopes to build safe, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter.

For more information visit www.habitatelliscounty.org or contact Coffman by phone at (785) 650-7018 or by email at kcoffman@fhsu.edu.

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