Alumni Association invites Tigers to make a difference in their communities

HAYS, Kan. - The Fort Hays State University Alumni Association, with the support of Golden Belt Bank of Hays, Tigers In Service, the FHSU Student Government Association and Tiger Athletics, is asking FHSU alumni and friends far and wide to participate in community service through the 2017 Tiger "Make a Difference" Project.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 16, Tigers worldwide are invited to work with a local organization or service project in their home communities. Those conducting service are requested to send the Alumni Association photos, number of hours worked or testimonials about their experiences. Their stories will be shared socially with the Tiger family. Submission deadline: Friday, Nov. 3.

Locally, items will be collected in support of the Hays USD 489 Hope Pantry. The pantry, established in 2015, assists homeless families and families that are at-risk of being homeless by providing them with food, clothing and other items when school is not in session, especially over the holiday breaks.

In support of this effort, on Saturday, Oct. 28, the official "Make a Difference Day," Tiger fans attending the FHSU vs. Emporia State football game at 2 p.m. are invited to bring one or more items (non-perishable food, new clothing, hygiene projects) or consider making a monetary donation to the Hope Pantry. Collection sites will be located at entry gates to Lewis Field Stadium.

Those who contribute will receive a drawing ticket for an exclusive Tiger Tailgate Package, including a reserved tailgating spot for the 2018 football season along with a cooler and all of the gear needed for the perfect tailgate party experience. The prize package will be given away at halftime. Also, a few lucky attendees will be selected to participate in a halftime activity to bring greater awareness to the cause.

Collection boxes will be located at the Robbins Center, One Tiger Place; inside the Memorial Union (near Starbucks), 600 Park St; and Golden Belt Bank, 1101 E 27th St, from Oct. 16-Nov. 3.

Golden Belt Bank is the sponsor for the 2017 Tiger "Make a Difference" Project.

For more information, visit or contact Janette Meis, 785-628-4430 or

Established in 1916, the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association serves FHSU graduates by identifying needs and providing solutions. More than 63,500 graduates live throughout the United States and in 77 countries. Learn more at or contact the Alumni Association at 785-628-4430, toll free at 1-888-351-3591 or by email at

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