And the winner is….IU and Purdue Alum Ring Bells for The Salvation Army

IU and Purdue Alum Ring 2013

Many thanks to fantastic volunteers who rang the bell for The Salvation Army to make a difference for so many in Tippecanoe County!

IU and Purdue Alum ring out some friendly competition to raise much needed dollars. It’s a holiday tradition that’s part rivalry but mostly about giving. Each holiday season, local Purdue and IU alumni ring at the same location for the same amount of time on two different days, hoping to raise more money than the other group.

“I grew up in Bloomington and never pass up an opportunity to beat IU, even if this is the only thing we beat them at this year,” said Max Bales of West Lafayette. As a board member of the Purdue Club of Tippecanoe County, Bales said he’s volunteered for the bell ringing since he moved back to the area a few years ago.

Bob Modlin, who was ringing for the IU Alumni Association West Central Indiana Chapter, said he moved to Greater Lafayette in the 1960s. He thinks the rivalry between the universities still is strong.

“A lot of people ask, ‘What do you got an IU club here for?’ ” he said.

Every second that a bell rings brings the opportunity for giving – giving so that a neighbor’s lights can stay on this month, children will have food to eat, and homes can stay warm. What a tremendous gift to give someone this Christmas!