On Friday, April 26, Lees-McRae students, faculty, staff and friends gathered on Tate Lawn for festivities and, more importantly, fundraising for SaraCare, a memorial fund based in Berea, Kentucky created to financially assist parents whose young children are battling cancer. With many donation promises still on the horizon, the fundraising total already exceeds $2500.
This was the inaugural year for Bobcat’s Battle for the Cure, a student-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for a non-profit organization chosen by the student body for that year. In order to raise funds for this year’s chosen organization, SaraCare, each club on campus held fundraising events prior to Bobcat’s Battle for the Cure and also ran a variety of booths and activities during the actual event for additional fundraising.
Pre-event fundraising included change collections in the dorms, a rock climbing competition (Climb for the Cure), T-shirt and Tumbler sales, and many other creative ideas. The hallmark event for fundraising was Bobcats in Tiaras, a beauty pageant for the men of campus, which included a People’s Choice Award winner chosen based on the man who received the most donations. During the actual event on Friday, clubs hosted fundraisers such as a dunk tank, massages, a cake walk, face painting, a silent auction, slack lining and smores, and a photo booth.
In addition to all the fundraisers, the event also featured special guest speakers — the parents of Sara Kennedy, the namesake of SaraCare Fund who passed away in 2005 from Rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. The crowd-favorite Mock Rock, a caricature artist, a snow cone machine and a cotton candy machine helped round out the festivities.
For more information about Bobcat’s Battle for the Cure at Lees-McRae College, please contact Mitch Marlowe, interim dean of students, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.898.3311.
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