The officers of the class of 2008 kicked off a spring blitz of fundraising events with a walk that took place March 25 during Wittenberg’s annual Lil’ Sibs Weekend. More than 200 faculty, staff, students and local community members participated in the walk, which raised $1,281 for the Forging Responsible Youth (FRY) organization, which works with at-risk youth after school in the Springfield area.
Organizers of the FRY Walk received one of five $1,000 grants available to student organizations for meaningful service projects in Springfield issued by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans grant, “Sowing Seeds for Servant Leadership” at Wittenberg. This was the first student group to receive a grants through the program, which is administered jointly by the Office of Community Service and the Office of the University Pastor. Faculty members have received course development stipends under the grant, and an Immersion Weekend for students has also taken place.
With the tremendous success of the class of 2008’s FRY walk fundraiser, anticipation is building for several upcoming fundraising events.
We walk because they walk is the slogan of the upcoming CROP Walk, an annual Wittenberg event that is part of a much larger international effort to alleviate hunger. Church World Services, an interdenominational relief organization, will host the CROP Walk, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, on Alumni Way in front of the Benham-Pence Student Center.
Twenty-five percent of the money raised will benefit the local Second Harvest Food Pantry, and the other 75 percent will be distributed throughout the world to fight hunger. The walk concludes Hunger Awareness week, which began with a banquet on Monday, April 3. For more information, contact Katie Proctor, class of 2006 of Cadiz, Ky., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wittenberg University Pastor Rachel Tune at email@example.com, or call the chapel office at 327-7411.
In addition, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser takes place in Springfield on Wittenberg’s campus. The annual Relay for Life, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, and running until noon Sunday, April 23, annually offers a fun-filled overnight event that not only celebrates survivors of cancer but also raises money for cancer research. Volunteers collect pledges and then give an hour of their day (or night) to walk or run on the Earl F. Morris Track during the event. There will be food, games and contests throughout the event.
“It will be a lot of fun, all while raising money to help cancer patients and their families and to recognize survivors,” said student event coordinator Brittany Dye, class of 2008 of Pickerington, Ohio.
For more information, contact Brittany Dye at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrea Ipjian, class of 2009 of Paradise Valley, Ariz., at email@example.com.
- Alecia Dimar '06
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