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SUNY Broome hosts event to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey

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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- It's been about one month since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and students at SUNY Broome wanted to do their part to help by hosting a fundraiser.

Live music, freshly grilled chicken, and Texas flags filled the grass near SUNY Broome's Student Village Thursday in an effort to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey made landfall as a category four hurricane on August 25th, bringing sustained winds of 130mph and torrential rains to southeastern Texas.

Areas of Houston were flooded after days of heavy rainfall, killing dozens and displacing thousands more.

Professors and students in SUNY Broome's Business and Professional Studies Division say they couldn't just sit by and watch the tragedy unfold.

"Two of our professors got together and were like 'hey, we need to do something, there hasn't been a lot through the SUNY system, let's do something to show that we're caring and we're there for people,'" said assistant event manager Marissa Thornton.

The festival atmosphere was geared toward the students, faculty, and staff in an attempt to get everybody engaged in the cause.

"I just played in the faculty/staff versus students kickball game, redemption kickball game, and I work with a lot of these people and supporting our students and you know, what they're doing and the work they're doing for a great cause," said Gina Chase of the faculty/staff at SUNY Broome.

Even the Broome County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Academy stopped in to show their support. One of the many groups taking part in the fundraising effort.

"Everything that we collect here, our goal for is ten thousand dollars, is going straight to Houston, we're going to make sure every single cent, every single penny is going straight to Houston," said Thornton.

Money was raised from food sales at the event, with a chicken dinner, complete with potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread, and baked beans, on sale for $10.

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