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Basket Raffle for Leticia Banks

By Jon Dusza

The website where Canisius students can partake in a basket raffle in honor of Canisius student Leticia Banks’s recovery fund went online last week, Canisius Student Affairs announced.

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online for 50 cents. The same website also has a link to donate directly to Banks’s recovery fund, separate from the option to buy tickets. The latter link allows for specific amounts of money to be donated.

The proceeds raised go to fund the recovery of Canisius student Leticia Banks, who was a victim of a shooting in a Buffalo club during November last semester and still remains hospitalized. Banks is a first-year Canisius student.

Dr. Harold Fields, Canisius’s vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, said, “We hope the fundraiser will be an opportunity for interested students, faculty and staff to contribute financially to Leticia and her family as she has a challenging and lengthy recovery ahead.” Considering the expensive reality of medical care, a lengthy recovery also means an expensive one, Fields emphasized, so any amount of money someone can give helps.

Baskets that can be won include those of Buffalo Bills apparel, Canisius apparel, lottery tickets, gift cards and blankets among many other things. Fields expects more baskets to be donated to the raffle by the end of the month.

Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the VP of Student Affairs’ office in Old Main 102. Tickets will be available for purchase until noon of Feb. 28, and winners will be selected on March 1. The winners of the raffle will be informed of their winning by email. Tickets are available to purchase on the GriffPay website or through a link sent to students in an email last week on the topic.

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