November 15, 2010
This week is Hunger and Poverty Week: Local and Global Perspective; Events include Thanksgiving Meal Drive, Mr. & Mrs. Turkey Pageant and a panel discussion

Be a part of Lees-McRae College's Hunger and Poverty Week: Local and Global Perspective taking place November 15-19. The week is full of service and fun, all in the spirit of giving thanks and giving back.

The College is hosting the Annual Thanksgiving Meal Drive that continues through Thursday, November 18. The list of items needed includes the following: dressing mix, potatoes (instant or scalloped), two cans each of corn and green beans, yams, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, dessert item, bread mix (cornbread or biscuit mix), and gravy. A donation of a $10 gift card is optional for the purchase of a turkey or ham. The 2010 goal is to donate 100 meals! Contact Michael Berger with any questions or concerns at

The Weighing of the Waste will jump start the week on Monday, November 15. This event begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. in the MacDonald Dining Hall. All you have to do is eat lunch during the hours of 11 to 1 in the Dining Hall and give your plates to a volunteer to throw away as we collect and weigh the amount of wasted food from one meal at Lees-McRae. The total amount of waste collected will be announced with time to reflect on its impact. Contact Ra'Shawndra Doby with questions at

Then on Tuesday, November 16, Delta Omicron Theta will host the Mr. and Mrs. Turkey Pageant in Evans Auditorium. Attendance costs only $2.00 for this cross-dressing pageant that includes singing, dancing, formal attire and talent. The purpose of this pageant is to provide a fun and original way to raise money to purchase a Thanksgiving dinner for a family who would not be able to afford it otherwise. All proceeds will benefit RAM (Raising Avery Ministry). Contact Martha Peacock with questions at

Following the Mr. and Mrs. Turkey event will be a panel discussion held on Wednesday, November 17
from 1-2 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. At this information panel, you will hear stories of diverse perspectives of poverty and the current realism on the issue. Heading the panel are LMC students Javid Khan from Pakistan and Madina Sadykova from Kazakhstan, along with a local community partner and a representative of Avery County Department of Social Services.

An optional 30-hour famine will take place Thursday, November 18 until Friday, November 19. Take a walk in the shoes that go without food for extended periods of time. Attend the informational dinner on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of MacDonald Dining Hall, followed by the 30-hour Famine "Kick-Off" in Wily's at 11 p.m. The official famine begins at midnight on Thursday concluding with a "break-fast" at the McRae House at 7 a.m. on Friday. Contact Chloe Boggs with questions at

The week will conclude with a dance marathon on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20. Put yourself up for a true challenge as we conclude the week with the first ever six-hour dance marathon. This dance will start Friday at 6 p.m. and go until 12 a.m. Nurse Carl will be providing music. All proceeds will benefit the nutritional initiatives of our local after school program, Avery YO! Event specifics to come! Contact Brittany Yates with questions at

The events are sponsored by Community Outreach, Campus Life and Greek Life for additional information contact Michael Berger in the Office of Community Outreach.

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