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Oregonian: Seventy-six straight hour teeter-totter fundraiser underway at Portland State University
Author: Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian
Posted: May 15, 2014

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Portland State University fraternities Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Theta joined forces for a 76-straight hour teeter-totter fundraiser, which is taking place now through Friday in the Park Blocks on the PSU campus.

The event was designed to raise awareness -- and donations -- for two Portland organizations: the Boys and Girls Club of Portland and the Oregon Zoo's ZAP andUNO programs.

Eddie Montes, 21, a student at PSU and president of Kappa Sigma, experienced firsthand the benefits of the programs, having been recruited for Zoo Animal Presenters (ZAP) and Urban Nature Overnights (UNO) as a teenager. 

Montes, who grew up in Beaverton the son of immigrant parents, is the first in his family to attend college. The zoo programs helped him recognize and develop his leadership ability. 

"They helped me advance my skills," he said. 

The teeter-totter, which will run continuously until 2 p.m. Friday, is sandwiched between food carts and leaflet pushers. Participants bounce on the structure in two-hour shifts or longer, depending on their motivation and schedule. There's a bucket for cash donations, and music piped in to keep the atmosphere festive.

But for Montes, the purpose is higher. 

"They helped shape me," he said of the programs the event is highlighting. "I wanted the chance to give back."