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Annual Fundraiser Takes a Frightful Twist
Those spooky sounds of hysterical laughter on the Oklahoma City University campus aren’t because it’s Halloween. Nor are they caused by homecoming weekend. The sinister shrieks are more likely the result of the major annual fundraiser for the United Way. Come 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, the silent bidding process for a variety of prizes will close, meaning some will laugh in giddy excitement for their win while others groan in disappointment for their loss. As she has for the last 23 years, Darwina Marshall, associate director of OCU administration services, is helping to organize the fundraising day, which last year brought in nearly $5,000. “We always have the largest per capita donation rate of any other campus in the state,” Marshall said. “Our students and faculty are very generous with charitable causes.” Above and beyond the normal silent auction, Marshall and her committee will have two other events in an effort to eclipse last year’s drive. A pumpkin carving contest will show who can slice up the orange orbs with the most precision and creative ability, and a Halloween decorating contest will show which department can scare the most students without pop quizzes and term paper assignments. “Since it happens to fall on Halloween this year, we thought we would incorporate some of that atmosphere,” Marshall added. As for the silent auction, Marshall said students get involved with the giving, even while living on the traditional meager college-student salary. Odd jobs like babysitting and lawn mowing could be up for bid as donated by the cheerful young adults. The university also invites United Way partner agencies to set up booths on campus and campaign their causes on that day. United Way of Central Oklahoma raises funds for the American Red Cross, Easter Seals of Oklahoma, the Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council, Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care and about 60 other community services.