Fundraising, community service highlight a season of giving for Rowan students

Fundraising, community service highlight a season of giving for Rowan students

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This semester, over just three events, Rowan University students banded together to raise a whopping $129,463 to fight cancer.

The best part? As extraordinary as that figure is, that’s not all Rowan students have accomplished.

Through their charitable fundraising, their event planning and their community service, Rowan students had a banner semester of assisting others by sharing their talents and giving of themselves. Here’s a look at some of the biggest events on campus this spring.

Dancing all night

Students involved in the Inter Greek Council kicked off the fundraising this spring in style on Feb. 27 with their first-ever dance marathon to benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Altogether, 980 students danced for six straight hours in the Rec Center, raising $35,295 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. They more than doubled their initial $15,000 goal.

Giving on Rowan Gives Day

On March 30, the Rowan community made history when 1,240 donors gave an extraordinary $86,895 for Rowan Gives Day, the University’s second annual 24-hour day of giving.

Students supported that initiative generously as 194 of them pledged $2,822 to support specific University programs, scholarships and clubs.

Braving the shave

During the sixth annual St. Baldrick’s Day, presented by Student University Programmers, 60 students—including the aptly named Alexandra Cutts and John Haer (pronounced “hair)—shaved their heads to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

In a daylong Saturday event in the Pit of the Chamberlain Student Center on April 2, students raised $40,616 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. While the students—including nine females—publicly “braved the shave,” 109 students worked to raise funds to help kids with cancer.

Since 2010, St. Baldrick’s Day at Rowan has raised more than $170,500 for the foundation.

Walking for a cause

For the 12th straight year, Rowan students walked 12 consecutive hours on the Rec Center track to benefit the American Cancer Society during Relay for Life on April 8 and 9.

Seventy teams totaling 1,173 participants teamed up to raise $53,552 to fight cancer. In doing so, they pushed Rowan Relay substantially past the half-million mark in funds raised since 2004. Additionally, the students shattered their own $52,000 goal.

Altogether, Relay at Rowan has raised more than $542,000 for the American Cancer Society. Relay is organized by Rowan’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. This year’s Relay for Life had a Dr. Seuss theme.

Promoting organ donation

Students in Rowan’s Public Relations Society of America upheld a 23-year tradition when they held Organ Donor Day, an event devoted to spreading awareness about the importance of organ donation.

In addition to raising $4,000 for the Gift of Life Donor Program, students also signed up 88 Rowan community members to become organ donors during the April 6 event.

Supporting Special Olympics

About 50 students involved with Rowan Television Network worked feverishly on April 13 to produce a live, five-hour telethon to raise funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Broadcast from Bozorth Hall online, over the air and on community access television, the telethon raised $2,000 for Special Olympics.

Assisting Glassboro neighbors

In what has become a spring tradition at Rowan, more than 1,300 students, assisted by faculty and staff, completed nearly 190 home improvement projects for Glassboro homeowners during the fourth annual Back to the ’Boro event on April 17.

Organized by the Student Government Association and the Office of Volunteerism, Community Engagement & Commuter Services, students worked in two-hour blocks of time to do yard clean-up, painting, window washing and other projects.

After their work was done, students and homeowners came together for an on-campus barbecue.

Signing up bone marrow donors

For the eighth straight year, Rowan’s football team hosted its Get in the Game. Save a Life. Be the Match Registry on April 20 to encourage the public to join the National Marrow Donor Program.

Be the Match is the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world to assist people with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. At the event, the Profs signed up more than 130 community members as potential bone marrow donors.

Since 2009, more than 2,600 individuals have signed up for the registry due to the team’s efforts.