Several members of North Platte Community College's Phi Beta Lambda chapter, including (l-r) Stanly Pendergrass, Lori Hazen and Erin Mitchell, created a "Duck Dynasty" castle/duck blind out of cardboard boxes and duct tape for The Connection Homeless Shelter's "Out of the Box" fundraiser. The shelter is currently on display in the Fireplace area at the South Campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by and vote by putting a donation in the bucket.
Several members of North Platte Community College's Phi Beta Lambda chapter began thinking "Out of the Box" recently as they participated in a fundraiser to benefit The Connection Homeless Shelter in North Platte and raise awareness of homelessness.
The Connection's "Out of the Box" fundraiser invited area businesses and organizations to create a 3 to 4-foot shelter made entirely of cardboard boxes, one 10-foot two-by-four, and as much duct tape as they wished. Participants were also allowed to create a decorative set for the structure using other items.
The students approached the project with a creative vengeance and spent about three days completing their "Duck Dynasty" castle/duck blind from three cardboard boxes and several rolls of camouflage duct tape generously donated by Menards. The castle is surrounded by a moat, complete with "floating" duck decoys. A sharp eye will notice the Duck Dynasty cast peeking out from behind the tall grass.
Students who participated in the project include Cassandra Dishman of Gothenburg and Lori Hazen, Erin Mitchell, Derrick Neighbors, Stanly Pendergrass and Priscilla Vega, all of North Platte.
The shelters will be displayed until Nov. 15, allowing community members a chance to vote for their favorites by placing money in a donation bucket next to the structure. The ten structures that raise the most money will be displayed at the "Out of the Box" Art Exhibit at the Platte River Mall from Nov. 20-22. The community will be able to purchase tickets and vote for their favorite cardboard shelter.
The winning structure will receive a prize of $500. On Friday, Nov. 22, the structures will be auctioned off after the winner is announced.
The shelter is currently on display in the Fireplace area at the South Campus. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by and vote by putting a donation in the bucket. The fundraiser is being sponsored by Nebraskaland Bank and First National Bank North Platte.