Rowan students seek to raise funds for Wish Upon a Hero Foundation

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Rowan's Student Government Association (SGA) and Student University Programmers (SUP) are joining forces with the University community to raise funds for the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation (www.wishuponaherofoundation.org).
Rowan University senior Joe Moffett wants to rally the University community to help make someone's wishes come true.

So, Moffett and his fellow members of Rowan's Student Government Association (SGA) and Student University Programmers (SUP) are joining forces with the University community to raise funds for the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation (www.wishuponaherofoundation.org).

Through Holiday Helper, SGA's annual weeklong philanthropic fundraiser held each November, students are looking to raise more than $2,000 to benefit the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation. Founded by 1994 Rowan alumnus Dave Girgenti, Wish Upon a Hero is a peer-to-peer social helping platform that connects people in need with others who would like to grant their wishes and make a difference.

Since its founding in 2007, Wish Upon a Hero has granted more than 83,000 wishes. Wishes have included everything from surgeries for pets to new clothes for children to trips to Disney World to funds for chemotherapy drugs not covered by insurance.

To raise funds for Wish Upon a Hero, SGA is accepting donations of items for an auction to be held Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Pit of the Chamberlain Student Center. Thus far, donations include a corporate style FLAVIA coffee machine valued at more than $1,000, a Coach bag, VIP tickets to Profstock (Rowan's annual spring semester concert event), and a lobster and steak dinner for 10 donated by Sodexo Dining Services.

SGA is accepting donations of items and gift baskets from members of the University community, as well as local citizens. One-of-a-kind items, such as sports memorabilia or celebrity items, are popular at the auction, according to Moffett.

"We're looking for unique things you just can't find at a retail store," says Moffett, a marketing major from Washington Township, who is special events director of SGA. "Our auction bidders include students, faculty, and staff and members of the community."

In addition to the auction, SGA is hosting two events to raise funds for Wish Upon a Hero. The organization is hosting a midnight pancake breakfast on Monday, Nov. 28, beginning at 10:30 p.m. in the Marketplace in the Chamberlain Student Center.

Tickets are $3 and pancakes have been donated by Sodexo Dining Services. Moffett is hoping to recruit some Rowan administrators and professors to serve up the pancakes. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Wish Upon A Hero. Tickets will be available at the information desk in the Student Center.

And, in a first for the University, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, SGA will host a Cornhole Tournament in the Pit of the Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Teams of two players will vie for the title of Rowan Cornhole Champions as they play Cornhole, a game similar to "washers" or "Bag-O." In Cornhole, bags of corn similar to bean bags are used and players compete to land the bags into a hole on a raised platform. The game is popular at tailgating parties.

Registration for the round robin tournament is $5 per team and all proceeds will go to the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation.

"We'd love to have faculty, administrators and alumni join the students for the tournament," says Moffett, who fancies himself an expert cornhole player. "I'm excited about the tournament and I'm looking forward to introducing the beauty of cornhole to my classmates from North Jersey, who aren't familiar with it.

"I think it will be a lot of fun and, most importantly, I think we'll raise some funds to help grant people's wishes."

In the past, Holiday Helper has assisted charities such as the Sunshine Foundation and the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, among others. Wish Upon a Hero was a natural choice for Holiday Helper this year, says SGA President Stephanie Ackerman. Girgenti is looking to start a community-giving component of Wish Upon a Hero that would connect people in need to their local communities, according to Moffett.

"Dave is such a great person," Ackerman says of Girgenti, who was the University's Commencement speaker in 2009. "He's giving all of us the opportunity to help others in unique ways."

For information on Holiday Helper, to donate an item for the auction, or to register for the pancake breakfast or cornhole tournament, contact Moffett at 609-220-8164 or moffet79@students.rowan.edu.

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