Burlington, Monday, February 7, 2005 – City Market, Onion River Coop presented the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) with a large check in the amount of $3,719 from funds raised through the sale of Christmas trees this past holiday season.$222 of the money raised was matched through a new Neighbor to Neighbor program through Shurfine, a conventional grocery supplier to City Market. Shurfine gives City Market credit, which accrues over time. City Market can then use the money as matching funds for their own efforts. The Trees for COTS project meets the criteria for the matching funds program.Cumulatively, over the past 7 years, City Market has raised a total of $15,780 for COTS, through the Trees for COTS program. All proceeds are used to provide shelter and services to Vermonts homeless families and individuals.ADDITIONAL NOTES:City Market is searching for a new tree farmer for the Trees for COTS program for more information, please contact Jodi Harrington, City Market, 863-3659Since 1982 COTS has been providing emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are without homes or who are marginally housed. Each year COTS serves 1,600 homeless children, women and men through nine locations in Burlington, VT.WHO COTS SERVED IN 2004:” Waystation: 487 people served, 9,589 bednights Average of 29 per night” Daystation: 781 people served, 19,149 sign-ins Average of 52 per day” Case Management Services provided service to 675 individuals” Family Shelters and Family Services (includes all people who stayed in shelters and people not in shelter who worked with our case managers): 137 families for a total of 411 persons (adults and children).” COTS housed 56 families and 86 individuals in 2004.###
Following resounding victories over No. 10 Arizona and Arizona State, USC junior forward Nikola Vucevic was named Pac-10 men’s basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 21-27.Inside presence · Junior Nikola Vucevic has been a double-double machine for the USC men’s basketball team the entire season, averaging 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan Vucevic’s strong play as of late has powered the Trojans to four straight wins, increasing their chances of earning an NCAA tournament at-large bid.In the Trojans’ 65-57 upset win over No. 10 Arizona, which snapped the Wildcats’ eight-game winning streak, Vucevic had a game-high of 25 points and 12 rebounds.But it was his 17-point contribution in the second half that helped the Trojans bounce back from a late four-point deficit to win the game.In the Trojans’ 62-46 win over Arizona State on Saturday, Vucevic tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds, finishing the week with per game averages of 22 points and 11 rebounds.He notched his 18th double-double of the season, and sixth straight overall.Vucevic’s father, Borislav, was in attendance for both games at the Galen Center — it was the first time he was able to watch his son play in person while at USC.This is Vucevic’s first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and the 33rd Trojan basketball player to receive the award for USC all-time.It is the second time this season a Trojan has won Pac-10 Player of the Week, as junior guard Jio Fontan earned the award for the week of Dec. 20-26.Vucevic and the Trojans will finish off their season on the road, going head-to-head with Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday.