When Wake Forest made the ACC Championship football game this year, Rick DeMaio, a student fan studying abroad in Vienna, started a thread on a message board for Wake fans titled "Anyone got $800 lying around, or a private jet to take me from Austria to Jacksonville?" In less than one and a half days, patrons of the site had taken his joke seriously enough to raise about $1,000, which will bring DeMaio to Jacksonville, Fla., tomorrowvia Slovakia, Germany, and Charlotte, N.C., the Gold and Black reports.
A collection of "college friends, alumni ... complete strangers," and DeMaio's dad made the donations. "This board's raised $300 in an hour and a half," a student posted at one point. "Imagine what we could do for world hunger."