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2009.03.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: sk.casey@yahoo.com

UNO Greeks to Host Mavs in Motion Fundraiser for Drunken Driver Victim

Omaha - As part of the 2009 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Greek Week, UNO Greeks will host the Mavs in Motion fundraiser on Sunday, April 5. The event will benefit Justin Reese, a Greek student at UNO who was critically injured by a drunken driver last year.

Reese's car was sideswiped by a drunken driver. The force of the collision caused Reese to lose control of his vehicle and hit a telephone pole. Following the accident, Reese was in a coma for nearly four months. Today, he still endures physical therapy in an attempt to regain some of his previous strength. Although Reese has returned to classes at UNO, he suffers from short-term memory loss while his brain attempts to heal from extensive trauma. His family faces medical bills estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

Registration for the Mavs in Motion fundraising walk will begin at noon at the UNO Pep Bowl, south of the Eppley Administration Building. There is a $10 registration fee for all walkers, and all registration fees will be collected at the event. The walk will commence at 1 p.m. at the Pep Bowl, continue along Dodge Street and will conclude at Elmwood Park with a cookout. T-shirts will also be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to the Reese family.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to donate even if they cannot attend. Checks can be made out to:

Kelli Vomacka, Greek Advisor
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St., Milo Bail Student Center
Omaha, NE 68182

For more information or to register for the event, contact Tom Guttermann at unogreekweek@gmail.com or Nicole Morrison at (402) 499-1298.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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