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UK Organizations Collect Over 4000 Canned Goods for Charity

catstructionLEXINGTON, Ky. (11/1/13) – Various student organizations at the University of Kentucky have collected a total of 4,394 cans for charity as a part of UK Homecoming's CATStruction event on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The event is a part of the Wildcat Cup, a culmination of all of UK's homecoming events. Organizations were asked to gather the canned goods and then create a structure out of the cans that embodies the spirit of UK Homecoming. The cans were then donated to God's Food Pantry in Lexington.

Aleigh Oney is the UK Student Activities Board director of traditions. She said this is the first time they've hosted an event like this, but she plans to continue the event in years to come.

“This is something that we're hoping to brand as a tradition at University of Kentucky,” said Oney. “It's not to say that the traditions that have been for here 10 plus years aren't good. But, we just want to make sure that we're catering to the students and what the community needs from us. So, this is just that option to keep moving forward.”

Layne Krupilski is the chair of the event. She came up with the idea, saying she felt it was a fun and exciting way to give back to the community, as well as market homecoming to students and alumni.

“They have multiple ways and creative aspects that they can incorporate into creating a structure that's relevant to the theme. So, in addition to giving the cans, they're going to create something that promotes homecoming. So, it's a marketing tool as well,” said Krupilski. “I'm really excited. I'm glad that UK brought this year.”

To check out some of the structures as they are being built, check out the photo slideshow below.

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David Gillum
SurfKY News

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