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03/17/14 11:04 am Age: 1 year

Project Peru Benefits from Fundraiser


By: Lester Biggs

EWB Raises $18,000 at Gala

EWB members are planning a new water system for a small mountain town in Peru.

Walla Walla University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders raised $18,000 from its March 1 gala event held at the Walla Walla Country Club. The funds will go toward the group’s current water system project in Pucutuni, Peru.

Throughout the evening attendees enjoyed great food while hearing presentations on the history of the university’s EWB chapter and current Peru project. They also heard about project details from current team members, including Katie Sweezey, Leighton Edwards, Bryce Hill, Braden Anderson, Caitlin Lupo, Chris Ghazal, Jared Koot, Matthew Aitken, and professors Brian Roth and Curtis Nelson.

As part of the event, the club planned a Dessert Dash where each table of guests would bid, with the highest bidder being first to gather his or her most sought-after dessert. The club raised more than $2000 from this mini-auction. Following the Dessert Dash, there was a live auction where attendees could bid on items native to the country, as well as Professor Tom Thompson’s Catawba grape juice, a canvased photograph by a local photographer, and a trip to a resort.

After the live auction, two categories were opened for donation: project expenses and “gifts from the heart.” Project materials and air fares were serveral of the items people could bid on.

“It was a very rewarding experience to see the generous support behind the project. It was impressive,” says Katie Sweezey, EWB social vice president.

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