Western Illinois University's Ray and Rocky Launch Fundraising Effort for Local Animal Shelter

 MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University's live mascot, "Ray," and his retired brother, "Rocky," are getting into the holiday spirit, trying to raise at least $1,000 to buy food and treats for animals housed at the McDonough County Animal Shelter.

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The effort launched seeking 200 people to donate $5 each, and the food and treats will be purchased from local and small businesses. Ray and Rocky have also partnered with the Old Dairy to buy homemade, gourmet dog treats as part of the event.

This is the last week for the fundraiser so the treats can be delivered before the Christmas holiday. So far $650 has been raised toward the goal. Anyone who would like to donate food and/or toys instead of cash, can drop those donations off at Seal Hall on the WIU campus.

The fundraising effort was born after the mascots' owner, WIU's Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Risk Management Joseph Roselieb, challenged his friends to buy at least five of their holiday gifts from small businesses this year.

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