Archive for Thursday, March 4, 1999


March 4, 1999


Want to see your boss make a spectacle of himself or herself? The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross can help.

Wanted: Employees who can convince their bosses to do something embarrassing, humiliating or bizarre for a good cause.

"How much would you pay to see your boss take a pie in the face?" asked Jill Fincher, a co-chair of the Douglas County American Red Cross Challenge.

Beginning Monday, bosses across Lawrence will be on public display to raise money, and awareness, for the Red Cross. The fund-raiser will continue until March 18, and the organization is looking for more volunteers.

"People think of the Red Cross when there is a disaster," said Betsy Farley, another co-chair of the event. "But through these wonderful people who are doing unusual things, we're making people aware."

If employees are unsuccessful in convincing their bosses to participate -- or if they're too apprehensive to even broach the subject -- Farley said she'd be willing to help.

The Red Cross will set up an information table from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through March 18 at Milton's restaurant, 920 Mass. People can pledge donations or get information about the organization's health and safety classes, which are offered for reduced prices during the challenge.

Farley said she wants schools, civic organizations and even families to get involved in the fun.

So far, some of the notable volunteers include Kansas University men's basketball coach Roy Williams, who will sack groceries at Hy-Vee, and KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who will sell lemonade in front of Strong Hall.

CEK Real Estate representatives will kick off the looniness with a lunch at noon Monday on the roof of a house at Sixth Street and Comet Lane.

"We'll probably grill some burgers up there, but I guess it depends on the weather," said John Bush, owner-partner of CEK Real Estate. "If it's windy, we might have to rethink that."

March is American Red Cross month, and the local office is mailing donation forms. Farley and Fincher said all donations stay in Douglas County, and the organization doesn't receive federal funding.

For more information on how to donate or be involved in the Red Cross Challenge, call 843-3550 or visit Farley or Fincher at Milton's.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is

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