November 8, 2005
Andrew Katz won't sit still if he can do something to help Tulane. The civil engineering freshman, a dedicated runner, plans to enter the San Antonio Marathon on Nov. 13 and make each mile benefit the university.
"I'm asking for donations in one of several forms," says Katz. "Sponsoring a specific mile of the marathon that I run, a pledge for each mile I complete or whatever you feel comfortable with. All this money will go to Tulane."
Katz arrived at Tulane at the end of the summer for a relaxed week of getting oriented to the university and the unique culture of New Orleans. A runner while in high school in Dallas, he had set his sights on running in the 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon and was busy training for it. Suddenly, Hurricane Katrina threatened and Katz evacuated from Tulane on move-in day. Landing at Texas A&M University, he joined the Roadrunner Club, an organization for anybody who enjoys running. The club plans to participate in the San Antonio race, and Katz had the idea to run in the marathon to benefit Tulane.
Katz hopes the money he raises will help the university establish and operate a school that will provide education for the children of Tulane employees at a time when many schools in the city are closed.
"This is intended to allow Tulane to return to operational status while not forcing its employees into a dilemma concerning their children's education," says Katz. Anything that can help Tulane, New Orleans' largest private employer, return to pre-Katrina employment levels will give the whole city a significant boost in recovery, he says.
Katz has been resourceful in spreading the word about his appeal. He has e-mailed family and friends, contacted his bosses from recent summertime jobs and e-mailed students at Texas A&M using dorm listservs.
To support the run for Tulane, contact Katz by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at 3558 Chellen Dr., Dallas, TX 75234.
"If writing a check," says Katz, "Please make it payable to Tulane University. This will allow me to collect all donations and offer them directly to Tulane."
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 email@example.com