Course Projects Raise $16,358 for Charities
Management, Marketing Students Raise $7,000 for Make-A-Wish
Providence, R.I. — A group of students from the Providence College School of Business (PCSB) recently presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island with more than $7,000 to fulfill a sick child’s wish.
The students — four management majors and a marketing major — were enrolled during the fall semester in a joint offering of two traditionally independent courses, Organizational Theory and Sports Marketing. The course was co-taught by Dr. thomas r. king, assistant professor of management, and Dr. Daniel R. Horne, associate professor of marketing.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of seriously ill children and enriching their lives with hope, strength, and joy. The foundation actively seeks donations to fulfill wishes. One wish can be fully realized with a gift of $6,500.
As part of its outreach, the foundation sponsors campaigns at colleges called "Wishmakers on Campus," which helps student governments, fraternities, sororities, sports teams, and other student groups to sponsor a child.
The five PC students began their semester with the goal of being able to fully fund a wish. Their initial fundraiser, a “Wishfest” held in downtown Providence, raised $2,555.
The team, named "Dare to Dream," was not satisfied and proceeded to sponsor a “text-2-donate” initiative called "GO-MAD" (Go Out and Make A Difference) and a creative facial-hair campaign dubbed “Whiskers for Wishes.” The students also solicited donations from private companies and individuals, such as PCSB faculty members.
With a week left before the end of the semester, the group was still short of its goal. The students turned for advice to Dr. MaryJane Lenon, interim dean of the School of Business, who suggested they sponsor a raffle at the PCSB faculty retreat in mid-December. Thanks to the generosity of the faculty, the team raised more than $400 and surpassed its goal, said team member Colleen Saporito ’12 (Malverne, N.Y.).
The students presented their collections to Make-A-Wish officials, who informed them that they were the most successful Wishmakers on Campus group throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“I was so excited that we were able to not only make monetary donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation but also to give a child the experience of a lifetime,” said team leader Ian Sutherland ’12 (Island Heights, N.J.).
“Their passion for their cause meant that they received support from many. One of the other groups in the class was so inspired that they donated money from their own project in order to make this wish happen,” said king.
“The amount of support we received was amazing. It was an extremely challenging process but was also a remarkable learning experience about the way things truly operate in the 'real world,’” added Saporito.
Other group members were Erin Dooly ’12 (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.), Ryann Nolan ’12 (Milford, Conn.), and Jason Zandrow ’12 (Sharon, Mass.), and they chronicled their efforts on the Team Dare to Dream blog.
Paying it forward, locally
Four other student groups in the course also sponsored fundraisers for their selected charity as part of the curriculum. The five groups raised a total of $16,358 for five local charities. A summary of the other projects follows:
• One group sponsored "Monday Night Football with the Hometown Heroes of Providence," an event aimed at supporting the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in South Providence. The group raised approximately $2,800 for the institute, which offers nonviolence training as well as peaceful reconciliation and summer employment for at-risk youth. Monday Night members were Shayna Kaufmann ’13 (Cumberland, R.I.), Michelle Huber ’12 (San Diego, Calif.), Alec Mendes ’13 (Seekonk, Mass.), and Sarah McConnell ’12 (Ridgefield, Conn).
• The Wanskuck Chapter of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Providence was the recipient of $1,400 from a student group that sponsored an on-campus dodgeball tournament. The all-female group, named “Girls Rule-Boys Drool,” consisted of Kaitlyn Dell’Aquila ’12 (Rocky Hill, Conn.), Megan Murphy ’12 (Rome, N.Y.), Charlotte Rinkus ’12 (Rochelle Park, N.J.), and Laura Veharanta ’12 (La Verne, Calif.).
• The Tomorrow Fund, a local non-profit organization that provides emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families, received just over $2,900 from Children’s Outreach, a group that sponsored a 1980s-themed skate night at Schneider Arena. “Sk80’s Night” directors were Nicholas Aiken ’12 (Fairfield, Conn.), Patrick Legare ’12 (Medfield, Mass.), Ryan Griffin ’13 (Groton, Mass.), Bridget Beck ’12 (Bronx, N.Y.), and Katherine Tavares ’13 (Norwell, Mass.).
• Christian Dzwilewski ’12 (Huntington, N.Y.), John Sessions ’12 (Braintree, Mass.), Stephen Squillante ’12 (Weymouth, Mass.), and Chris Tremblay ’12 (Cheshire, Conn.) were the members of "Best Buddies," who raised just over $2,400 for Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
--Robbie Smith-MacDonald ’12