Seven Fox student groups help Temple Relay For Life top fundraising goal

July 30, 2010 //

Friday, July 30, 2010

Media Contact: Brandon Lausch, 215-204-4115,

Earlier this year, 122 students in 13 teams from seven different student professional organizations (SPOs) represented the Fox School of Business at the 2010 Temple University Relay For Life.

The strong participation among Fox students amounted to more than $3,000 in donations to benefit the American Cancer Society and, for participant Annie Brady, one “really awesome” night.

“It is a really fun event because it is sort of like a lock-in you go to as a kid – friends, UNO, music, dancing and entertainment. My friends and I enjoyed the dancing laps around the pavilion,” said Brady, whose involvement with the Business Honors Student Association (BHSA) brought her to the event, held inside the Student Pavilion at 1501 N. 19th St.

The March 26-27 overnight event has raised $52,000 for the American Cancer Society, surpassing its goal already by $2,000. Fundraising for the event officially ends in August.

Of the $52,000 raised, $3,017 came from Fox SPOs, which, in addition to the BHSA, included: the National Association of Black Accountants, Beta Alpha Psi, the International Business Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Financial Management Association and Phi Alpha Delta.

Student-participants from Fox SPOs made up nearly 11 percent of the event’s 1,124 total participants.

Fox Director of Undergraduate Enrollment Management David Kaiser said Relay For Life helps instill two important qualities in Fox students – professional development and community service.

As the adviser to the university-wide student organization College Against Cancer, which organizes the yearly event, Kaiser played an active role in planning and executing the fundraiser. But Kaiser said it’s the students who “did the bulk of the work” in making this year’s Relay For Life a successful one.

“We want to do more next year, of course,” Kaiser said. “But we definitely had a good year.”

Fox SPO fundraising totals:
Business Honors Student Association – $1,260
National Association of Black Accountants – $541
Beta Alpha Psi – $390
International Business Association – $320
Society for Human Resource Management – $280
Financial Management Association – $196
Phi Alpha Delta – $30

– Chelsea Calhoun