Tickets are still available for a WCU student-organized fundraising dinner and silent auction to be held Tuesday, April 5, at Chef’s Table in Waynesville.
Tickets are $50 for a three-course meal, which includes soup or salad, a choice of entrée and dessert. Silent auction items include art, a kayak trip, wine tasting and Arabic items.
The event supports an effort to raise $50,000 to enable the Central Asia Institute to build a school in Pakistan. The initiative came about after Winford Gordon, an assistant professor of pscyhology, encouraged students at Freshman Convocation in 2008 to be participants rather than spectators in their lives as he discussed the freshman reading selection, “Three Cups of Tea.” The book details the story of Greg Mortenson, a mountaineer who was saved by the people of a village in Pakistan after his failed attempt to climb K2. Despite violence and unrest resulting from a radical Islamist group, Mortenson promised to return to build a school for the village. He not only did but also returned again and again to build more schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which he now does through his nonprofit organization, Central Asia Institute.
For more information about the fundraising effort, visit “Students revive initiative to raise $50,000 to build a school in Pakistan”. For tickets to the dinner, contact WCU student Anderson Miller by phone at 828-545-1778 or 828-452-6000, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.