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Snow Angels Raise Money, But Don't Break Record

Posted at: 02/09/2013 4:28 PM
Updated at: 02/09/2013 10:37 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A couple thousand people gathered at UMD's football field in an effort to break a world record. Organizers were hoping to get 9,000 people together, which would have made them the biggest group making snow angels at one time.

"I'm looking forward to making snow angels with a lot of people I don't know," Rowell Ramsey, a Duluth East high school student, said.

While the head count fell short, money was raised to provide clean water in Ethiopia. Ticket sales and donations will go to Global Team for Local Initiatives.

"We got lined up with a person from Ethiopia that is doing water projects," Al Makynen, President of Rotary Club 25, said.

To pull off Saturday's event, the Rotary Club and Proctor High School's DECCA group teamed up. The total number of snow angels added up to 1,877, and each angel meant more clean water in Ethiopia.

"We don't think we made the world record today, but we had a great time," Makynen said. "The people here had a great time, a lot of people, a lot smiles."

The fundraiser had treats, music and other fun activities.

Makynen said he wasn't sure they would try again next year.