The Student Association-organized Katrina relief week raised about $6,200 from Oct. 6-10, said sophomore Casey Pond, the SA executive’s vice president of public affairs.
“We are very pleased with both the turnout of students at these events as well as the funds raised for this tragedy,” Pond said.
The $6,200 figure is not the final sum that will be donated to the Red Cross because the SA will have to use some of the money to pay for costs associated with holding the events.
“An overwhelming majority of all funds collected will go directly to Katrina relief as the cost for the events held was very minimal,” Pond said.
Some members of the SA originally proposed a plan that would have donated $50,000 directly to Katrina victims the week after the powerful hurricane damaged large areas of the Gulf Coast. Other SA members shot down their efforts, and the SA began organizing Katrina Relief Week.
More than a month later, some student organization leaders expressed frustration with the fundraiser’s planning and said if the SA had not been involved events could have been held earlier and more efficiently.