Relay For Life Spirit Night at Voodoo BBQ

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Logo courtesy of the American Cancer Society

Hey everybody,

This post is just something to remind everyone in the Kugelman Honors Program that the Fundraising Committee is holding an event at Voodoo BBQ that will help to raise money for Relay For Life. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at Voodoo BBQ in the Nine Mile shopping center from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To encourage everyone to attend this event, Honors Council will match the donations made during this time and will add all donations to our overall contribution made during the actual Relay For Life event on April 21st.

Relay For Life is an event created by the American Cancer Society that is used to help raise money for cancer research, cancer treatments, and other medical expenses. By attending the fundraising event at Voodoo BBQ, you can help save the lives of millions of cancer victims and help to prevent the disease from affecting people in the first place. The Fundraising Committee is accepting additional donations during the event along with proceeds from the food bought at Voodoo during this time.

Relay For Life is one of the most important events held each year and has remained one of the most successful events for cancer research. All contributions during the Voodoo event will go straight to the American Cancer Society to help fight cancer of all types. Even if you think that you cannot donate anything, just buying food at this event will help raise this money.

So, come and enjoy some food at Voodoo BBQ on the March 7th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Fundraising Committee and Honors Council look forward to seeing there!

Honors Flies High with this Fundraising Event

The Kugelman Honors Program kicked off fundraising for the new year with a different way to make money: hockey. They are raising big funds with few people by volunteering at the Pensacola Ice Flyers’ games.

The Fundraising Committee Chair, Anthony Noll, saw The National Society of Leadership and Success, another registered student organization, succeed with the event and decided to let Honors have a shot at it too. Noll says the biggest advantage of these events is their return on investment. Unlike many previous Honors fundraising events, it requires only six people, whereas an event such as the Chocolate Tasting needed 12 volunteers and plenty of attendees to be successful. A night spent volunteering at the Ice Flyers’ game earns the program a $100 donation, what Noll calls “fun money.”

Volunteers arrive two hours before the game to help set up the merchandising booths and sell items until second intermission. However, volunteers may end up doing other tasks too. Caroline Polder, a first-year honors student, volunteered at the first game Honors worked on Jan. 8. Polder said her favorite part of the experience was holding the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance with her fellow Honors students on the ice.

After packing up the merchandise booth, students can leave or watch the final period of the hockey game free of charge, like Polder did.

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Students pose for a picture before enthusiastic fans make their purchases.

“The game was tied, then they went into overtime and then they went into super overtime,” Polder said. “Finally, there was a one-on-one shot, and it ended up being a great game to stay for.”

Noll was pleased with the 17 people (Honors and non-Honors students) who came to volunteer at the game on Jan. 8. However, he had to put a cap of 12 volunteers per game to avoid an excess of help.

“I’m afraid more people are going to do it because it was so fun for everyone,” Polder said. “And then I won’t be able to go as much.”

Upcoming volunteer dates are: Feb. 12, 26 and 28 and March 12,18 and 19. Noll asks that students let him know when their availability is as dates fill up fast, and volunteering at the Ice Flyers’ games is becoming more popular to other organizations in Pensacola.

To contact Anthony Noll for more information on dates and availability, email him at atn8@students.uwf.edu

 

Written by: Abigail Megginson, first-year student, Journalism & Political Science major

 

 

New Ideas for a Better Year

Meeting goals is not enough for the Honors Council Fundraising Committee this year. Anthony Noll, the chair of the committee, is initiating change to raise more money than ever for the Honors program and its students.

The Fundraising Committee is responsible for sending students to Honors conferences with the money it raises. This year, the Kugelman Honors Program is hosting the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Orlando, Fla. The original estimate of Honors students who will attend was 30 students, but Noll sees that as neither the limit nor the goal. He simply wants to send as many students as possible.

“We want most of our students here to get that experience of going to a conference. Whether you’re a freshman or sophomore, it doesn’t matter,” Noll said.

Fundraising events for this year have begun. On August 30, roughly 15 students gathered at Dr. Brooks’ office on Nine Mile Road to hold an Honors carwash. Last year’s carwash ran six hours and raised $150. This year, Honors students raised $281 in three hours. “That was an effort from the students…I can’t thank all of them enough,” Noll said. Honors students then raised nearly $100 at the Honors Rummage Sale on September 12.

On October 3, the Fundraising committee will hold a Twister tournament in the UWF Conference Center auditorium. This event welcomes all UWF students. “At the end of last year, I made the point, this will have to be not just the effort of the incoming class or the kids that are still involved, this is going to have to be a program wide effort from the director all the way down to freshmen class,” Noll said.

Noll’s overall vision for the committee is to meet the goals of the program and then “blow them out of the water.” He plans to do this through holding quality events for both the volunteers and attendees. The goal is to attract as many people as possible to these events, which Noll identifies as a determining factor in the success of the event. The Fundraising Committee is spreading the message via word of mouth, social media and awareness events like tabling in the Commons.

Noll’s other strategy is to target specific groups of people with different fundraising events. The Honors program is currently selling $16 Krispy Kreme coupon cards worth $45 in savings. This is targeted to commuters with access to off-campus resources. These events will also serve the purpose of getting the Kugelman Honors Program name out to the rest of UWF and the community.

As for the upcoming year, Noll said, “This is going to be a fun year. Please come on out! Your support and attendance is much appreciated.”

Noll’s office hours are 9 a.m.-12 p.m. every Monday in the Council office in Pace Hall, and he can be contacted by email at atn6@students.uwf.edu.

Written by: Abigail Megginson, freshman