July 14, 2010

Ferris State SAAC Helps Make Wishes Come True

The Ferris State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was successful in their fundraising efforts for the NCAA Division II philanthropic project for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The student athletes raised $1,486 to help grant wishes to children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. These funds will help enhance their everyday childhood experiences.

“The GLIAC is very proud to be part of granting these wishes for children,” said GLIAC Assistant Commissioner Penny Cook.

The SAAC organization was able to raise the funds thru various methods. A total of $577 was collected from dicot sales, which are displayed above the ticket office window, offering change buckets at the concession stand, a Papa John’s pizza fundraiser and other efforts went towards the cause. 

A blind auction that raised a total of $755 was also held to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As part of the auction, an autographed jersey signed by all 2009-10 FSU athletics student-athletes was available.

The goal from the beginning of the campaign was to raise more than $1,000 this academic year. With the help from students, athletes, coaches, community members, fans, and faculty, they were able to exceed their goal.    

“This year the group really stepped up in our initiative to raise money for Make A Wish," said Ferris State SACC Secretary Tricia Principe.  "We worked very hard to set up many different fundraisers and had goals for all of our events to help us stay on track.  Our group's focus this year was very impressive and it was a lot of fun to work with everyone in the group to achieve a goal for such a great cause.”

Ferris State SAAC President Jordan Morgan was also appreciative of the significant fundraising involvement.

“We are all very proud and thankful we could take part in such a great cause in helping the kids' wishes come true,” said Morgan.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has not yet ‘adopted’ a child, but has set a goal to raise $12,000 this year, which is an average of $1,000 per institution.

“We are very close to our goal, but numbers are still rolling in for our final tally,” said Penny Cook.

As part of the conference's fundraising actions, the GLIAC SAAC shared the story of a family who was a recipient of a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The GLIAC SAAC rallied around Carson Brunk, a seven-year old boy from Potterville, Mich.  He was diagnosed with leukemia and had to overcome the loss of a big sister a couple of year’s prior from a rare neural disease called mitochondrial disease.

“I think adding a face and a story to our fundraising programs, increased the energy level to work hard in our efforts to raise money,” stated Penny Cook.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring people helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 69 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants nearly 12,700 wishes a year and has granted more than 175,000 wishes around the world since its inception.

Written by Andrea Clancy, FSU Athletics Department Intern 

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