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NDSU Takes Mascot Challenge

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 The Salvation Army held its 5th Annual Mascot Challenge on Saturday. The Mascot Challenge was a special event for the Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign. The event raised more than $1,910.  

The mascots from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University "battled" it out at Scheels for several hours on Saturday. The Kernel, Scorch and Thundar enthusiastically greeted shoppers, bantered with one another and posed for pictures with fans while student athletes and athletic department leaders rang the bells in hopes that their kettle would raise the most money.

Thundar from NDSU had the top income producing kettle at $997. MSUM's Scorch came in second at $521, and Concordia's The Kernel provided an additional $392. 

"The Mascot Challenge was a wonderful, fun-filled and creative way for the athletic departments of our local colleges to raise funds for The Salvation Army," said The Salvation Army's Captain Bill Mealy. "We are so grateful to the mascots, the student athletes and the athletic department leadership teams for supporting our ministry in this manner.  A special thanks goes out to Scheels for hosting this annual event."

Additional volunteers are needed to help staff the 34 kettles located across Fargo Moorhead between now and December 24. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are all needed to help ‘ring the bells'. Call 701-356-2691 to sign up.


The three colleges in the F-M area had a friendly competition today.  Three mascots, Scorch from MSUM, Thundar from NDSU, and Kernel from Concordia all competed in the Mascot Challenge.

They were ringing bells for the Salvation Army to see who could raise the most money. The NDSU Bison have won the competition every year. All the proceeds go to the Salvation Army who's goal is to raise over eight hundred thousand dollars for the F-M community.

"All it takes is every time you pass a kettle, put in a buck. So here's my deer hat, that's to remind you to be a dear, to put in dough, all of those kinds of things it's really really important. It's two thirds of the Salvation Army's budget so it really is critical, it's a critical need." says Margie Bailly who helps the Salvation Army.

The mascot who got the most money donated will be announced on Monday, and the school will gain bragging rights for a year.

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