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Charity event collects socks for Japan disaster relief

May 6, 2011

Students taking a nonprofit marketing class hosted the Rock for Socks event May 3 at Junior’s Bar and Grill to raise funds and collect socks for Japan tsunami relief efforts.

The event raised more than $1,000 and brought in at least 200 pairs of socks, according to a press release.

“The event was well received and everyone seemed to have a good time,” said marketing student Monica Gaffy. “We’re still getting in socks for our shipment to Japan.”

The students collected the socks for the charity Socks for Japan, which was organized by author and Japan resident Jason Kelly.

“Many of the survivors ended up barefoot after fleeing in a hurry,” according to Kelly’s website. “Receiving a new, fresh pair of socks provides a moment of comfort.”

The event also featured six musical groups, many of whom donated portions of their income from merchandise sales to tsunami relief, according to a press release.

More information on Socks for Japan can be found at http://jasonkelly.com/helpjapan/.