A Weekend for the Kids

This weekend the McGinley Center was put to good use, housing two big fundraising events. On Friday night, the Special Olympics Club at Fordham hosted its first annual “Red Out.” Students were encouraged to wear red attire and dress to impress. Tickets were sold throughout the week leading up to the event, and at the door for those who still needed one. Admission cost $5, and there was also a donation box for anyone who wanted to give a little extra. All students were welcome to the event, and there was a great turnout.

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Special Olympic athlete (left) working the runway with Fordham athlete (right)

The festivities began at 6pm with a cocktail hour. There was food from Tino’s Delicatessen provided all evening, including pasta and potato salads, and a variety of hero sandwiches. Dessert was also served, with plenty of cookies, cupcakes, and other delicious homemade baked goods. Music played all night, courtesy of the student DJ. Fordham athletes also played a huge part, as they walked the runway with NYC’s Special Olympic athletes. The fashion show included athletic wear, casual wear, and formal wear.

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Check-in table with donation box and raffle entries

All proceeds from this event are going towards Special Olympics NYC. They also had a raffle to raise additional money for the organization. There were tons of great prizes available, including gift baskets for Live with Kelly and Michael and the NY Rangers. They received donations from various campus organizations like WFUV, Fordham’s radio station. Keeping the spirit alive, the club will host a Shirt Sale & Pledge Signing Day this week, where students can buy $10 t-shirts to support the cause and pledge to end the R-Word.

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On Saturday, the Residence Halls Association (RHA) hosted the 3rd Annual Fordham Dance Marathon (FDM). The event took place in McGinley Ballroom and lasted all day from 11am-11pm. All students were invited to come join the fight against pediatric cancer, with all the money raised going towards the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. Spreading the motto “Be Positive,” this non-profit organization works to help provide both financial and emotional support for families of children diagnosed with cancer across the nation.

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Students dancing for a cause

FDM is a huge collaborative effort throughout the Fordham community. During the day several different musical groups on campus shared their talents, providing entertainment and keeping energy levels high. There were a cappella performances by Fordham’s own Satin Dolls, the b-Sides, and the Hot Notes. As for dancing, Expressions and Sláinte came to show their support as well. Different games were played throughout the day, including competitions with the Fordham football team. There was also a live DJ and plenty of food served all through the event.

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QR code in residence hall for easy team sign-up

Students who raised $100 prior to the event received a free commemorative t-shirt and entry. Otherwise admission cost $10 at the door, and t-shirts were sold for an additional $10. As for fundraising, students could make a profile and donate through the FDM blog, either signing up as an individual or joining a team. Each residence hall had a team, striving to raise the most money. For example, Salice-Conley sold shirts and collected spare change with cans placed in the lobby. Overall FDM was a major success, raising more than $60,000 in total for the B+ Foundation.

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