Friday, August 19, 2011

#1 College Relay for Life on Long Island!

One of Hofstra’s largest events every spring is our annual on-campus Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. For those that don’t know, Relay for Life is an all-night fund raising walk held on the intramural fields to not only raise money for a great cause but to also celebrate the triumphs of those who have survived cancer, acknowledge their caretakers, and remember the lives of those who have passed. This year’s Relay proved to be the biggest and best yet with 1,000 student participants raising over $90,000! This was made possible by the hard work and dedication of many students who worked closely with the American Cancer Society and the Student Leadership and Activities Office. It also helps when an anonymous donor makes a $10,000 donation the day of the event! I would especially like to give a virtual high-five to Katie Friedman, Tyler GreenPope, and Zach Dane for all their hard work as the three chairs of this year’s Relay for Life Student Committee.

So why am I bringing this all up? Because last Thursday various representatives from Hofstra were invited to the Relay for Life All-Star Party held at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion and I was lucky enough to be one of them. The mansion was beautiful and I felt as if I was in the 19th century and should be wearing a ball gown! It was a touching evening as the American Cancer Society thanked their top fundraisers for all their hard work at their respective Relays. We knew that Hofstra was 5th out of 62 college Relays in the entire eastern division, but it wasn’t until now that we knew we were the “#1 College Relay for Life on Long Island” in 2011! They also gave out a few superlative awards and Hofstra won the “Great Expectations Award” for our generous anonymous donor who was so unexpected! So if you are reading this right now anonymous donor, please let us know so you can come get your award! After the All-Star Party I feel more motivated than ever to make this year’s Relay for Life even BIGGER and BETTER! So make sure you join us this spring on Saturday, April 28, 2012 for a great cause and an a ton of fun!


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