April 20, 2010
Students and staff organize creative fundraisers for cancer research

The annual Lees-McRae College Relay for Life event is just around the corner on April 30 and the campus is coming out in full force to raise money for cancer research.

Lees-McRae started off strong with an event appropriately called "Shreddin' the Love" which was held on February 20 at Ski Beech. This partnership between Boarding for Breast Cancer,, Beech Mountain and Lees-McRae College raised an incredible $4,735 in just one day!

With the help of Talia Freeman, a Lees-McRae alumna, Beech Mountain Resort invited Lees-McRae students, faculty, and staff to enjoy discounted all day lift passes, followed by a benefit concert featuring Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and Native Sway. There were also "Fight Like a Girl" t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale.

Following that event was the spaghetti dinner hosted by Delta Omicron Theta, a service sorority. This dinner that took place Friday, April 16, fed the Lees-McRae Track and Field team along with visiting track and field athletes traveling to Lees-McRae for a conference track meet.

The athletes were fed a meal of spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert cooked by the sisters of Delta Omicron Theta. This event, in its second year, proved to be another successful fundraiser.

The next fundraiser promises to be an evening of fun and excitement as junior Dante Treggs presents a Lees-McRae Fashion Show on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Arthur Student Recreation Complex.

The event will include four collections - formal wear, casual wear, swimsuit and club scene - with Lydia Price, a Lees-McRae student, designing original pieces for both the formal and casual collections.

Comedian Ronnie Jordin will host the event, and Jeremy Evans, a Lees-McRae student, will give a vogue performance. There will also be a bake sale. Tickets are $3 for pre-sale and $5 at the door. So bring your friends and give your support to this fantastic event!

The Lees-McRae College Relay for Life will take place on April 30 from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Cannon Student Center. It will feature a mock rock, food and games, and promises to be a fun-filled night of education, fundraising, memories and fun. It's a great way to support cancer research!

The Lees-McRae College Relay for Life event is part of the Avery County Relay for Life. For more information please contact Megan Walters, director of campus life, at 828.898.8753 or

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