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Traffick Jam to host donor drive at Mercer v Georgia Tech baseball game

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Posters about the upcoming fundraiser are posted all around campus.

Posters about the upcoming fundraiser are posted all around campus.

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Posters about the upcoming fundraiser are posted all around campus.

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Traffick Jam has been working for several months on a campaign to raise money to fund courses in local Macon high schools to teach about sex trafficking prevention and awareness.

The organization has raised $2200 dollars at this point in the semester and hopes the donor drive will push them even further in their campaigning.

Will Davis, a member of the events team who is partly responsible for organizing the donor drive, said funding to subsidize the classes would come to around $5 per student.

“We’re trying to cover the costs of potential students and also get them to start their own Traffick Jam organizations within their schools and hopefully have it spread,” Davis said.

The efforts of their fundraising will culminate Mar. 28 at the Mercer versus Georgia Tech baseball game where they will hosting several fundraising events. The festivities start at 5 and the game begins at 6.

The first of these events is a corn hole tournament with a $100 grand prize for the contest winners. Tickets for the tournament will be sold at the stadium or can be bought in advance from a member of Traffick Jam.

The second event is a raffle for a baseball autographed by former Mercer baseball player and current professional player in the Seattle Mariners organization, Kyle Lewis.

Traffick Jam representatives will be present at the game and will make several announcements throughout the event about the organization and their cause.

“We want to make our presence known to as many people as possible,” Davis said.

The organization is working hard to boost attendance at the game in any way possible. They have even talked to the Mercer Maniacs about getting them involved in advertising the game.

Lindsey Sherrod, a project manager for Traffick Jam, said the donor drive has been an imperative part of the organization’s operations.

“It has not only funded our resources to teach high schoolers and market the organization, but it has given us the opportunity to raise money for the incoming Traffick Jam team to continue the legacy that we hope to leave in the community,” Sherrod said in an email.

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