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Retail Group’s NCAA Pool Aims to Build School

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI), a nonprofit group raising awareness and providing help for vulnerable children worldwide, has set up an NCAA basketball tournament pool — dubbed March Gladness — as a fundraiser to build a school in Haiti for 90 children.

The fundraiser is seeking 750 people to purchase a team-selection “bracket” for $20 each to raise $15,000 for the school in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti. “Right now all 90 children meet in a single room borrowed from a local church,” RetailROI said in its fundraiser appeal. “The goal is to build a separate eight-to-10-room school house and a couple of support buildings. With a building, this first group of 90 could quickly grow to 150 within the first year.”

Winners of the pool will also get “great prizes and bragging rights with your colleagues.” Grand prize is a $600 gift card for Apple products or any other retailer.

To participate, go to: Deadline for participation is Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 10:59 a.m. EST.

RetailROI, which is led by Greg Buzek, president of IHL Consulting here, was formed in 2009 by a group of IT-oriented retail executives, consultants and technology vendors; its co-founder was the late Paul Singer, a chief information officer at Supervalu and Target, and an advocate for orphans and supporter of adoption services. In 2012 RetailROI’s 23 projects in 13 countries — from the U.S. to Zambia — helped an estimated 11,856 children.

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