Internet catches needed money

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— The Soroco Future Business Leaders of America has leaped into the 21 Century with its latest fund-raiser.

This year the FBLA is holding its fund-raiser over the Internet.

At the Oct. 7 Soroco volleyball game, FBLA members started handing out pamphlets telling people that their donation to the club is a simple click away.

And those who shop online can make that donation without spending a dime more than they want for the desired product.

Through fundraising.com, people can shop the cyber shelves of some 50 name-brand companies donate a percentage of their online sales to nonprofit organizations.

Companies like Office Max, Land's End, Hallmark, Hickory Farms and many others are part of fundraising.com.

Those who are interested in making a donation to FBLA can go to the Web site, put in the special Soroco FBLA number so the donation goes to the right place and go shopping. Soroco's number is 1269-082-036.

Each company designates what percentage of the sales will go the club. The percentage ranges from 1 percent to 16 percent.

FBLA advisor Anita Tekulve said she heard of the service at an FBLA conference.

"I was impressed with some of the stores that were on there," she said.

Through the Web site, the organization's 23 students no longer have to go door to door to collect money, FBLA member Ellie Redmond said.

The group collects money to send students to FBLA regional and state competitions. This year regionals are in Grand Junction. Participants pick from a plethora of business skills to in which to participate, including typing, speech and poster making.

"There's just about anything you can imagine to pick from," Tekulve said.

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