WIU ‘Foos for Families’ raises more than $4K for local families

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Western Illinois University announced how much money was raised from a recent fundraising event to help local kids and families in need.

Officials said the WIU Recreation Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) class raised more than $4,300 during the fifth annual “Foos for Families” event held March 1. The money went to the local office of the Center for Youth and Family Solutions (CYFS).

Foos for Families is an annual human foosball tournament organized by the RPTA event planning and management course, taught by WIU Assistant Professor Jeremy Robinett.

“It’s incredible to see the learning that happens at this event,” Robinett said. “Concepts we’ve talked about in class come alive as students coordinate and manage Foos. They get a richer sense of risk management, administration and how events have the capacity to positively impact communities. As we debriefed yesterday, they were able to specifically link their experiences at the event with concepts and shared stories about conversations they had with community members and other students. The event helps them see themselves not only as future event directors, but also as future community members.”

Members of the Macomb Park District and CYFS staff also assisted with the event. Six teams took part in this year’s tournament. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity won the tournament.

A fundraising dinner and raffle was also held days before the event.

Money raised through the event helps buy items for families in need in the area, specifically school supplies, winter coats, activity fees, haircuts, hygiene products, cleaning items and fuel cards to attend counseling.

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