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UW Residence Halls Raise More than $1,900 for Charity

March 25, 2008

University of Wyoming residence hall students raised more than $1,900 for two local charities during the recent 2008 Penny Wars coordinated by Residence Life and Dining Services.

Karen Royce of the Laramie Community Holiday Program received a donation of $1,146 and $500 was presented to FACE/AIDS on behalf of residence hall students and the campus community.

Between Feb. 15-March 7, residence hall students solicited donations on behalf of their respective floors. Residents competed against one another in an attempt to claim the title of most "penny points" raised per floor in each hall, as well as for the hall that raised the most money proportional to its residential population.

To involve the greater campus community and maximize donations, floors also "adopted" faculty, staff, and administrators from across campus. The winning floor in each hall was determined based upon the penny total, offset by the amount of silver change and paper money, divided by the number of residents on that floor. The winning hall was determined by totaling the money raised for all of its floors and dividing the value by the number of residents in that hall.

The top three money contributing floors were: fifth floor McIntyre Hall with $265.66; sixth floor Downey Hall with $158.13, and third floor Hill Hall with $136.59. Downey Hall came in first overall with the most money donated per resident at $2.31 ($696.27 total), followed by Hill Hall with $1.54 per resident ($271.45 total).

The winning floors in the "penny points" contest each received a pizza or sub-sandwich party for their entire floor. Those floors were: sixth floor Downey with 100 points per resident, first floor Hill with 189 per resident, fourth floor McIntyre with 24 per resident, seventh floor Orr with 58 per resident, and fourth floor White with 71 per resident.

This was the fourth year the UW residence halls hosted the Penny Wars. Becky Adair, area coordinator of Downey Hall and Leadership Development, says, "This is a tremendous endowment and a great reflection of the compassion and high-spirited willingness that characterizes UW's residents."

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