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Humans vs. Zombies will host second-annual annual charity event

February 12th, 2015 Posted in Opinion

By Madi Watson

On Friday, Humans vs. Zombies will return to the Utah State University campus as a one-night charity event benefiting the Cache Community Food Pantry and Four Paws Rescue.

Last Night on Campus, the official title of the event, is a choose-your-own-story style game open to students of the university, said Jennica Blasi, the event coordinator for the Human vs. Zombies Council.

Individuals and teams that will participate in the game will be presented with a series of situations as they race between the George S. Eccles and Engineering buildings on campus, all while avoiding being captured by zombies.

“How players interact with each cross road will lead to different endings and outcomes,” Blasi said. “There will also be mini games with each major choice made.”

Last Night on Campus will begin at 7 p.m. in the Engineering building and will end at 9 p.m..

Prizes will be awarded to teams or individuals based on creativity and leadership displayed during the game.

Each contestant is asked to donate $5 to play or $15 for a team of up to five members.

According to volunteers at the food pantry, this fundraiser came at a good time.

The Cache Community Food Pantry usually feeds about 140 families a week, but that number has recently grown, said Matt Whitaker, the director of the organization.

“We now see around 165 families in here per week,” he said.

And the rise of those in need is not limited to people.

“We have a number of families that come in to the pantry with pets they are unable to feed,” Whitaker said. “They need food too.”

Volunteers at Four Paws Rescue agreed.

“Four Paws Rescue spends about $4,000 a month on food and supplies for the 100 cats and dogs in our care,” said Shannon Syrstad, one of the rescue’s volunteers. “We can always use more help.”

This will be the second annual charity event hosted by the Humans vs. Zombies Council. Last year the council raised nearly $650.

“It would be wonderful for an even greater success and turn out this year,” Syrstad said.

More information on the Last Night on Campus may be found at lastnightoncampus.weebly.com

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