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Secret Meals for Hungry Children fundraiser, by UA marketing students

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Over the 11 years Susan Daria has been leading a practical-application class at the University of Alabama, various fund-raisers her students have concocted, plotted and carried out include a comedy night, a motorcycle ride and a fishing tournament.

Those fundraisers have brought in $250,035. 25 for Tuscaloosa-born nonprofit Secret Meals for Hungry Children.

The four projects currently in motion, including Wednesday’s Friendsgiving to Feed at Druid City Social, have already brought in about $2,000 to $3,000 each in sponsorships and contributions, a key stepping stone, so Daria has a good shot at reaching her dream of $300,000 before her retirement, planned for a year and a half from now. It’s an upper-class course, a chance for public relations students to put what they’ve been studying into practice.