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Pumpkin Carving Contest to Benefit Dutchess Outreach. Judging 7:30 pm on Halloween!

Update: Click here to see the winners!

Tonight we’ll find out who wins the honor of having Vassar President Catharine “Cappy” Hill greet callers on their answering machine or cell phone voice mail. All entries in Campus Dining’s Pumpkin Carving Contest will be judged tonight at 7:30 pm in front of Main Building. Then, Cappy will record a personal greeting for the grand prizewinner, during which she introduces herself and tells callers the winner is not available.

Students could enter the contest by donating 10 campus dining points to receive a pumpkin, a knife, and a candle.  Carving took place at the All College Dining Center (ACDC) on Tuesday, October 30. For each pumpkin sold, five dollars will be donated to the community organization Dutchess Outreach. This donation will mark the kickoff to Vassar’s Community Works Campaign for 2008, which officially launches Thursday, November 1. Contestants could carve alone or create a team. The competition was limited to one hundred pumpkins total.

The jack-o’-lanterns will be lit in unison tonight in front of Main Building. Judges Cappy Hill, Dean of the College J.J. Jackson, Vassar Student Association (VSA) President Sam Charner, VSA Food Committee Chair Ben Silver, and John Flowers of the grassroots organization Celebrating Community will pick the winner. Three copies of the ultimate pumpkin carving guidebook Extreme Pumpkins, by Tom Nardone, will be awarded to the runners up.

About Dutchess Outreach

Dutchess Outreach is a local organization committed to addressing the problem of hunger in Dutchess County. The not-for-profit operates the Lunch Box, a soup kitchen that serves up to 300 hot meals per day. Dutchess Outreach also provides emergency food and medicine to families and advocacy for people in poverty. It is one of more than two dozen not-for-profit organizations that receive financial assistance through Vassar’s Community Works, an annual campaign that is funded by donations from employees and students at Vassar College.

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