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April 19, 2006
TO: Assignment editors, producers, reporters
FROM: Amy Lunday | 443-287-9960 | amylunday@jhu.edu
RE: World-record attempt — most simultaneous blind dates
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday, April 21
WHERE: The Johns Hopkins University's baseball field corner of N. Charles St. and University Parkway

Friday night is date night for Johns Hopkins University students invited to participate in what organizers hope will be a world record-setting event. The Homewood campus undergraduate service group VisionXchange is hoping that 600 Johns Hopkins students will gather on the baseball field Friday night to set a new benchmark in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most couples on a simultaneous blind date. The current record, the students say, is 268 couples (or 536 people), held by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, which held a similar gathering in July 2005 (see www.ntu.edu.sg/corpcomms2/news/ CNAonline_200705_blinddates.pdf).

Daters will enjoy a light dinner while taking in all the ambience of the university's annual Spring Fair, which begins on Friday morning and runs through Sunday (see www.jhuspringfair.com/). Charging $10 per person to participate, VisionXchange will donate all the proceeds to pay for medication for children in Baltimore who are HIV-positive or who have AIDS and cannot afford treatment.

VisionXchange is a service and international relief organization on the Homewood campus. The group says its goal is "to raise a lot of money for good causes while having a kick-ass fun time." Its mission statement is online at www.vxchange.org/aboutUs.html. To reach students organizing this event, contact Shruti Mathur at 703-863-6238. Media wishing to cover the contest should contact Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960.

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