U of M, Crookston Rotaract Raises Money for and Awareness of Polio through "Pinky for Polio" November 28 - 30, 2011

Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored service club at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, announces a fundraiser to fight polio. This effort will raise money for and create awareness of the need for children to be immunized against polio. The club will sponsor "Pinky for Polio" on Monday through Wednesday, November 28-30, 2011, in the Sahlstrom Conference Center near the entrance to the Eagle's Nest.

A $1 donation is equivalent to one vaccination for a child, and participants will be recognized by the purple dye on their little finger. The fundraiser is driven by a desire to end polio by protecting children through the vaccine, and the "Pinky for Polio" campaign is named for the purple dye painted on a child's little finger to signify immunization against polio. The campaign has been going on for more than two decades.

To learn more about the effort to eradicate polio, visit www.rotaract.org.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)