Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Radio show to raise money for Habitat Women Build

WINONA, Minn., — Saint Mary’s University faculty and staff members Jeff Hefel and Joe Dulak are planning a special marathon KSMR broadcast of “The Black Hole of Radio” on Thursday, April 29, as part of the fundraising effort by Saint Mary’s University’s Habitat Women Build team. Hefel and Dulak will take to the airwaves from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; special guests and many surprises are planned.

Known as “So bad they’re good,” Hefel and Dulak are regulars on KSMR. Hefel, known for playing ’70s and ’80s favorites, says Dulak plays music no one has ever heard of. Tune in to play a special edition of “Name that Tool” in honor of the Women Build. To listen off campus, tune in to 94.3 FM. On the Saint Mary’s campus, tune in to KSMR at 92.5 FM. KSMR also plays in the background of local access Channel 19 on HBC.

This event will also include a silent auction, featuring a large variety of gift baskets and community gift certificates, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in SMU’s Toner Student Center game room. The public is invited to bid on auction items that range from Harley Davidson attire to a personalized mosaic house number. The game room will also host a variety of tool-related games including “Tool IQ” and “Hammer Time,” a nail-driving contest. Games cost $1 to play, and prizes will be awarded.

For $5, donors can get “5 minutes of fame.” Guests will be invited to use their 5 minutes to promote events, request songs or have Hefel and Dulak roast/toast someone special on the air.

This event will also include a public ice cream social on the campus plaza from 2-3 p.m. The ice cream will be donated by Chartwells, and freewill donations will be accepted. In case of rain, the social will move to the game room.

The Saint Mary’s Women Build team has 42 members and is one of 18 teams raising money and building Winona County’s 41st Habitat home. The purpose of the Women Build program is to involve more women in the construction of Habitat homes in order to move more people, especially children, out of substandard housing and into safe, decent and affordable shelter. Each team is asked to raise $5,000 and put in 100 volunteer work hours for the Women Build home. A total of 1,500 Habitat homes have been built by crews of women nationally.

To contribute to the silent auction, contact Adrianne Olson at aolson@smumn.edu or (507) 457-7870. Donations may be mailed to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, C/O SMU Women Build Team, 700 Terrace Heights #36, Winona, MN 55987; contact Olson for pick up. For more information about the radio marathon, go to www.jeffandjoe.wetpaint.com.