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A weekend with more benefits than just no class

April 21, 2010

The weekend before spring break had greater significance in addition to being only five days away from a week of relaxation. Two student led groups groups organized fundraisers to benefit communities both local and abroad. A dodgeball tournament raised money for Alamance County Boy Scouts and a 1K run drew in funds for Haiti relif.

Alpha Phi Omega, Elon’s service fraternity held its first-ever dodgeball tournament with 20 teams participating. The Black Mountain All Stars, which hail from Black Mountain, N.C., took the title. The Elon club basketball team took second place. Sporting swimwear, the Elon club swim team took the prize for best costumes.
The proceeds from the tournament went to the Boy Scouts of America. The tournament raised a total of $5,500 for the cause. Alpha Phi Omega plans to continue the event in the future to raise money.

“We want to help the Boy Scouts continue to provide the services that they do today,” said Alpha Phi Omega treasurer and sophomore Trevor Edwards. “Especially in this economic climate, they need this money more than ever to help keep their camps open, keep costs down for the boys and also continue providing them with great programs.”

The proceeds from the tournament went to the Boy Scouts of America. The tournament raised a total of $5,500 for the cause. Alpha Phi Omega plans to continue the event in the future to raise money.

“We want to help the Boy Scouts continue to provide the services that they do today,” said Alpha Phi Omega treasurer and sophomore Trevor Edwards. “Especially in this economic climate, they need this money more than ever to help keep their camps open, keep costs down for the boys and also continue providing them with great programs.”

Students, faculty and community members gathered outside McEwen at 9 a.m. to participate in Elon University’s first 1K run for Haiti relief. A man completely covered in green spandex, a graduate wearing a fat lady costume, a young girl dressed as snow white and eight students duck taped together were common sights Saturday morning.

After Elon student, John McGreevy, returned from Winter Term in Haiti, he wanted to continue to support the relief effort. McGreevy, along with the other Oak House residents, organized a 1 kilometer run in order to raise money for the Haitian people.

“He came back and told us stories,” said Richard Blount, a member of Oak House. “We wanted to give back because he was so personally affected.”

Oak House members learned about a similar fundraiser done at another university thought the race would be successful at Elon.

“A 1K, .62 miles,” Blount said. “My grandmother can do it. Anyone can do it.”

Participants paid $10 to run in the race.

“$10 can feed one child for a month in Haiti, so these people that came out and ran are basically paying for one a month of a kid not being hungry when he’s been hungry his whole life,” McGreevy said.

Although Blount said they aimed to raise $5,000, the race fees from the 163 runners as well as additional donations totaled over $2,000. The money will be donated to New Directions.

“I think one thing is just raising awareness on campus,” McGreevy said. “Getting this many people out here on a Saturday morning is just amazing. I think that will do more good than the money that we’re raising.”

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