Mizzou Alumni Association to host events for Border Hunger Showdown

Friday, November 18, 2011 | 6:48 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Mizzou Alumni Association will sponsor two events in Kansas City and compete in the 2011 Border Hunger Showdown during the week of Thanksgiving.

The Tiger Club of Kansas City will also host a pep rally the Friday before the MU vs. KU football game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Mizzou Alumni Association events

  •  A pep rally will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 before the Progressive College Basketball Experience Classic tournament. The rally will held at the Kansas City Live! Stage in the Power and Light District of downtown Kansas City.
  • A Friday night pep rally for the Border Showdown football game will be held by the Tiger Club of Kansas City at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at the Kansas City Live! Stage in the Power and Light District.
  • Before the MU vs. KU football game, non-members and members of the Mizzou Alumni Association can attend the Border Showdown tailgate from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 26 at the Founder's Club in Arrowhead Stadium. Cost is $25 for MU alumni association members, $35 for non-members and free for children 10 and under with a ticketed adult.

The Border Hunger Showdown is a virtual food drive competition between MU and KU, where participants can make donations online to the Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City. A $1 donation buys five meals, according to the Harvesters website. 

As of Friday, KU was in the lead for the most donations with $9,565, which can buy 47,825 meals. MU lagged behind with $5,895, or the equivalent of 29,475 meals.

There will be opportunities to donate to the 2011 Border Hunger Showdown at the three events in Kansas City, Alumni Relations Director Jayson Meyer said.

Even if MU and KU no longer play each other in the future, Meyer said he hoped the food drive would continue. 

"During the holidays, and during this economic state, there are many people without the resources to feed their families," said Carrie Bien, coordinator of student programs at the Mizzou Alumni Association. "And it's always good to beat KU in something."

The Mizzou Alumni Association has won the annual Border Hunger Showdown for the last four years. 

Donations can be made at the Border Hunger Showdown 2011 Virtual Food Drive website.

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