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Community Campaign Fundraiser a Success

Published: October 15th, 2009

Category: Community Outreach, News

Gatorbookworms graphicThe old adage, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” proved true once more during a special fundraising event for the College of Dentistry’s 2009 UF Community Campaign on Oct. 7 which raised more than $1,800.

Each year the college’s Special Event Planner’s group is tasked to come up with an event that raises money and awareness for the annual UF Community Campaign. This year they tried something new and organized a used media sale that included books, music and movies, selling most items for $1 each.

They solicited donations from throughout the Health Science Center and, sure enough, during the months before the sale, people brought in thousands of books, cds, dvds, games and more.

Sarah Zachrich Jeng, Christine Lopez, Jacob Burks, and Marilyn Stewart

Volunteers for the book sale, from left: Sarah Zachrich Jeng, Department of Communications; Christine Lopez, Department of Orthodontics; Jacob Burks, Department of Oral Biology; and Marilyn Stewart, Office of Education.

Volunteers for the book sale, from left: Sarah Zachrich Jeng, Department of Communications; Christine Lopez, Department of Orthodontics; Jacob Burks, Department of Oral Biology; and Marilyn Stewart, Office of Education.

The sale was held in the West Entrance Lobby of the Dental Tower where hundreds of people pass through daily on their way to work, school and medical appointments.

“We started arranging the tables at 6 a.m. and by 6:15 a.m., we made our first sale,” said Michelle Watson, co-director of the planners group, and the office manager in the Department of Operative Dentistry, “We were really grateful for the support we had from everyone who donated items for the sale and also those who came by and shopped.”

Watson said the college will probably hold the event for next year’s campaign as well and is willing to take donations now for the 2010 sale.

Special thanks to all members of the Special Event Planners who go the extra mile for the college all year:
Kathy Cannon
Butch Dees
Christine Lopez
Lydia Maree
Marta Miller
Renato Salazar
Susan Scarpa
Marilyn Stewart
Sandra Watkins
Michelle Watson