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OUWB community members are seeing Taylor Swift for free — and to benefit others

More than 150 OUWB students, faculty, and staff will be in Detroit this weekend — to not only witness Taylor Swift’s historic concerts, but to do so for the benefit of the community.

The Eras Tour will be at Ford Field on Friday and Saturday, marking Swift’s return to Motown for the first time in five years.

With so much built-up excitement and demand for tickets, it explains the reaction to a mass email that asked for volunteers at both shows and was sent to the OUWB community on May 30.

“The sign-up was filled in less than 30 minutes,” says Trixy Hall, coordinator, Graduate Programs and Community Outreach. “I was pleased to see that so many people responded so quickly.”

By providing so many volunteers, Hall says OUWB is expected to receive a total of about $20,000 — and all the money will be redirected back into the community.

The fact that volunteering at what could arguably be called the hottest ticket of the year and it’s for a good cause is the proverbial icing on the cake for Swift’s biggest fans at OUWB — aka Swifties.

“I think Taylor herself would be proud (of the money going back into the community) because every city that she’s going to she’s been donating significant amounts of money to food banks,” says Kellcey Lesmerises, a rising M3 at OUWB — and a self-proclaimed Swiftie, who plans to “glitter up” her hair and paint a heart on her face.

(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB site here.)

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