Holiday Helper: Rowan students raising money and awareness for Progeria Research Foundation
Members of Rowan’s Student University Programmers (SUP) and Student Government Association (SGA) are teaming up to raise money for the Progeria Research Foundation during the University’s annual Holiday Helper Auction on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Pit of the Chamberlain Student Center.
This year’s auctioneer is local disc jockey Doc from 92.5 WXTU’s morning show, “Doc and Andie.”
Holiday Helper is an annual auction fundraiser that raises money and awareness for a different community organization each year.
“The Progeria Foundation was chosen this year because a cure is in the near future,” says SUP’s Holiday Helper co-chairperson Katie Cesario.
Progeria is a rare disease that causes children to age at a fast rate. The average life expectancy for a child with progeria is 14 years.
So far, priority housing, a night’s stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Mount Laurel, a microfridge, signed items from Profstock, Rowan’s annual concert event, and gift cards from area merchants plus many other items are available for auction.
SUP 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.
Prior to the auction, SUP will be hosting activities to raise additional money for Progeria, including mini games, crafts and food during the day.
The goal for this year’s Holiday Helper is to raise more than $5,000. Last year, students raised $2,000 for the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation.
For information on Holiday Helper or to donate an item for auction, contact Constantine Alexakos at email@example.com or 856-256-4696 or visit SUP’s website at rowansup.com.