LOC students prepare for St. Jude fundraiser

Representatives from the Greek organizations met to assemble teams to participate in the St. Jude Research Hospital fundraiser, set for Oct. 19-20. During the two-day event, organizations will compete to determine which team will raise the most money. The goal is $3,000.

Brittany Clark, collegiate fundraiser for St. Jude, created a LeMoyne-Owen public fundraising page that will display the goal and allow each team captain to register his or her team, and track his or her team’s progress, http://fundraising.stjude.org/lemoyneowencollege . The online website allows for donations via debit, credit, Pay Pal, or gift cards.

Ga’nasua Hall, Miss Black and Gold and president of Zeta Phi Beta sorority Inc., went to a St. Jude / ALSAC conference this summer and learned how St. Jude raises funds and the significance of it.

“I was so impacted that I wanted to bring that same spirit to LeMoyne-Owen,” Hall said.

“I think this fundraiser is a great idea since LeMoyne-Owen is the closest college to St. Jude. Also, all divine nine organizations are already partners with St. Jude,” Clark said.

“St. Jude isn’t just a pediatric cancer research hospital, but it was the first hospital to find a cure for sickle cell,” she said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sickle cell-deaths among black or African-American children younger than four years of age fell by 42 percent from 1999-2002. This drop coincided with the introduction in 2000 of a vaccine that protects against the invasive disease.

“It’s important to inform your sponsors about all the great things St. Jude offers and what they are donating to,” Clark said.

Other fundraising ideas presented during the meeting included bake sales, incentives, individual team challenges (team captains set a personal goal for their team), power hour (team that can raise the most money in one hour will receive a prize), and a St. Jude party with a $2 entry fee.