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2007.10.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

14th Annual Bell Tower Challenge Oct. 17

Omaha - Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honorary organization at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will host the 14th Annual Bell Tower Challenge Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Henningson Memorial Campanile. Teams of UNO students, faculty and staff will compete to stack as many food cans as possible while the bells toll at noon. All the food donated during this event will go to the Omaha Food Bank.

"The Bell Tower Challenge has become a UNO tradition," said David E. Corbin, Bell Tower Challenge founder and organizer. "It is a day when we can socialize, have fun and benefit a very worthy organization."

Awards will be presented to the team that stacks the most cans, the most creative team and the most enthusiastic team. More than 18 tons of food has been donated in the first 13 years of the event.

Due to higher energy prices the past few years, more working families have sought assistance from Omaha's food pantries, according to the Omaha Food Bank. The food bank distributes food to approximately 360 agencies in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

"The food pantries are in dire need of food," Dr. Corbin said. "There is an extreme shortage of canned fruit, vegetables and meat. The Bell Tower Challenge is a great way to help replenish their supply."

For more details about the Bell Tower Challenge, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/healthed/BT.html or contact Corbin or Shandy Ramet, Eta Sigma Gamma representative, at (402) 554-2670 or dcorbin@mail.unomaha.edu.

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