More than 130 students, faculty and staff attended a fundraising dinner in the Betty R. Tipton Room on Dec. 1 that helped raise more than $2,700 for victims of the earthquake in Turkey on Oct. 23. The event was sponsored by the Turkish American Student Association (TASA). Eastern President Elsa Nunez presented a $1,000 check on behalf of Eastern. The earthquake struck eastern Turkey near the city of Van with a 7.2 magnitude, killing more than 600 people and leaving 60,000 people homeless. Proceeds will be donated through the Helping Hands Relief Foundation. TASA President Zuleyha Ozen said, "The association truly appreciates the generous donations made by the Eastern community, and would like to thank you for reaching out to the people of Turkey in their time of need. Your gift will help those still suffering to recover and we thank you for your compassion."