December 5, 2006 — Utah fans took matters into their own hands and beat their counterparts at BYU last week by winning the monetary donation portion of the annual Utah/BYU Rivalry Week Food Drive. As of Wednesday, November 29, Utah supporters had donated $27,965.24. BYU fans did their part in the fight against hunger by raising $13,377.
Christina Jepson Schmutz, chair of the Alumni Association Community Service Committee, said everyone pulled together to feed the hungry this year, even though the annual challenge was held over Thanksgiving week when many people are busy with their own families. “A big thank you is in order for all volunteers who helped collect at the stadium gates. We set a new record by taking in $5,804.74 at the football game.”
U of U Alumni Association board members responded to the challenge of raising $100 and 100 pounds of food. Several board members not only raised the money and food, but also made a personal donation.
Many other groups did their part in the fight against hunger. The Student Alumni Board collected almost $500. The University Bookstore and Del Taco contributed to the cause by raising $2,215 and $4,678, respectively, through the sale of decorative paper Block U’s. Comcast Cable provided $30,000 in advertising and also helped bring in $5,000 in sponsorship money from Rocky Mountain Chevy Truck Dealers.