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Friday, March 1, 2013

Voodoo Doughnuts Gives a Giant Tie-Dyed Novelty Check to the Ken Kesey Fund

Posted by Alison Hallett on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Back in November, the owners of Voodoo Doughnut presented a $10,000 check to the University of Oregon. That the oversized check was patterned with tie-dye shouldn't detract from the generosity of the gesture: The funds, raised through the sale of a donut called the "Easy Peasy Lemon Kesey," will go toward the U of O's attempt to purchase the Ken Kesey Collection, a collection of Kesey's letters, manuscripts, and artwork. The collection currently resides at the U of O but is owned by Kesey's family, who have given the university the first shot at purchasing it for a reported price tag of at least a million dollars. (This Wall Street Journal article contains some background on why the family is selling at all.) Big thumbs up to Voodoo for helping to keep the legacy of one of our most important authors where it belongs—in the library of Kesey's alma mater.

Also, if you live in Oregon and haven't read Sometimes a Great Notion, you're doing it wrong.

(h/t to Suzi Steffen.)

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