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‘Textbooks for Troops’ benefit auction will offer tickets, memorabilia & more

From tickets to theme parks, athletic events and tourist attractions to autographed memorabilia, artwork and gift cards, a benefit auction for WKU’s Military Student Services’ “Textbooks for Troops” program will offer something for everyone.

Textbook for Troops AuctionThe event, featuring a live auction and silent auction, will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center’s Grand Ballroom, 292 Alumni Ave. A preview of items will begin at noon.

“Textbooks for Troops” provides free textbooks to eligible active duty, National Guard, Reserve, ROTC and veterans attending classes at WKU. In the fall 2013 semester, more than 130 students signed up for the program.

“Many of our service members, and especially older veterans, do not have adequate educational benefits to help pay for school and scholarship money is very hard to come by,” said Tonya Archey, director of Military Student Services. “Programs such as this are crucial to their success.”

The program is the largest textbook scholarship at WKU, Archey said.

The “Textbooks for Troops” program has received generous donations from Terry Scariot and the Parents Advisory Council, which have allowed Military Student Services to purchase books. In addition, more than 80 students have donated textbooks for the lending library and a spring book drive collected more than 300 books.

“Our lending library began about two years ago with only a few dozen books but has grown to its current size of more than a thousand,” Archey said. “This auction will help ensure its continued growth.”

Auction items, which continue to be received, include the following: Four Disney one-day Park Hopper Passes; packages from Churchill Downs and the Bowling Green Hot Rods; tickets to Holiday World, Muhammad Ali Museum, Corvette Museum, Historic Railpark and Train Museum, Nashville Zoo; signed photos from “NCIS” star Mark Harmon, “Once Upon a Time” star Josh Dallas, and NFL star Peyton Manning; memorabilia from Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators; “Call of Duty” games; and numerous other gifts, food and WKU items.

You can also help out the “Textbooks for Troops” program by making secure online donations at www.wku.edu/veterans. Select “Give to WKU Military Student Services” and then select the WKU Make a Gift button near the bottom of the page.

More information is available on the Military Student Services Facebook page.

For information or to make a donation of an item, contact Teresa Jameson at (270) 745-2180 or Teresa.Jameson@wku.edu.

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