April 15, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua will host a fund-raising auction and raffle Saturday, April 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Parkview Catering, 17 S. Sixth St. in Lewisburg.

"A variety of items will be available at the auction and raffle, including an iPod, a digital camera, a skateboard, a one-night stay at a hotel suite in the Poconos, gift certificates and baskets from local businesses, and many others," said John Trimmer, a senior civil engineering major at Bucknell University who has twice traveled to Nicaragua with the Brigade. 

The smaller prizes will be raffled, while the larger items will part of a silent auction. Tickets for the event are $5, which includes entry, three raffle tickets, the opportunity to bid on the larger prizes, live music and snacks. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased during the auction. A cash bar also will be available.

The Brigade, which was formed a decade ago to aid in recovery efforts after Hurricane Mitch, takes groups of Bucknell students, faculty and staff to Nicaragua in January and in March. 

For eight days, these groups live and work at Jubilee House Community, a nonprofit organization in Nicaragua focused on community and economic development. Participants learn about the historical and current conditions in Nicaragua, which is the western hemisphere's second poorest country, behind Haiti. 

The Brigade also works to raise $40,000 each year, most of which is used to supply and operate a health clinic that members of the Bucknell community helped to build.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact John Trimmer at jtt005@bucknell.edu.

Contact: Division of Communications



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