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Bull­dog Bash Board spon­sor re­la­tions chair Ce­celia Robin­son ex­plained the MSU Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion's ra­tio­nale for se­lect­ing Emer­son.

“I came across the Emer­son Fam­ily Re­source Cen­ter, and un­til Bull­dog Bash, I didn't even know they ex­isted,” Robin­son said. “I was Googling in­for­ma­tion on them, and I was like ‘maybe I should go talk to the di­rec­tor of the cen­ter.' I found Ms. Brooks and I went to meet with her, and that's pretty much how it hap­pened.”

Pro­grams of­fered through Emer­son in­clude

adult ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, the Emer­son Preschool, a re­source li­brary, af­ter-school pro­grams and pro­grams for dis­ad­van­taged and at-risk fam­i­lies and stu­dents. For more in­for­ma­tion on pro­grams of­fered at Emer­son, call 662-615-0333.

Past Bull­dog Bash phi­lan­thropies in­clude the Ok­tibbeha County Hu­mane So­ci­ety in 2015 and Vets for Vets in 2016.

This year's Bull­dog Bash was head­lined by pop rock band DNCE and was held in down­town Starkville for the first time af­ter be­ing held in the Cot­ton District for most of its his­tory and mov­ing to the MSU Am­phithe­ater last year. Past Bull­dog Bashes have drawn more than 30,000 at­ten­dees to Starkville.

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