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For Immediate Release

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038



Event includes film clips, presentations, activities for children

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nov. 7, 2011 – Colorado College and the Interfaith Hospitality Network are sponsoring a 12-hour Cardboard City from noon to midnight, Sunday, Nov. 13 to kick off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The event, which is aimed at increasing awareness of hunger and homelessness, will be held on Worner Quad, adjacent to the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus. Numerous community members, including Steve Handen, founder of the Marian House Soup Kitchen, will be attending to discuss various aspects of hunger and homelessness in America.

Sunday’s event also includes live bluegrass music, several short film clips followed by facilitated discussions and the opportunity to have a meal at the CC Community Kitchen, one of the oldest student-run community kitchens in the country. The kitchen, a recipient of the Give 2011! campaign, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in April.

Because statistics indicate that nearly 40 percent of those who are homeless in Colorado Springs are families, there also will be several events for children, including a magician and free arts and crafts activities.

Additionally, two films will be shown at Colorado College during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County,” will be shown at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Sacred Grounds, located in basement of Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. The film “Colfax Avenue,” featuring the individuals who live, work and survive on the longest commercial boulevard in the nation,will be shown at 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, also  in Sacred Grounds.

All events are free and open to the public.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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