Elon paints the campus purple to flight cancer

Students playing bingo Thursday night as part of a fundraising campaign by Colleges Against Cancer
Students playing bingo Thursday night as part of a fundraising campaign by Colleges Against Cancer, photo by Dalton Cox

by Dalton Cox

From February 16- 20 Elon’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer held Paint the Campus Purple Week. This five-day event consisted of daily fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Colleges Against Cancer is a national collaboration of college communities that work in partnership with the American Cancer Society to raise funds for cancer research. This academic year, Elon’s Colleges Against Cancer has raised approximately $2,000, through both fundraising events and online donations.

Several of the past week’s events were adjoined to weekly Elon traditions, such as Tuesday night trivia at the restaurant Fat Frogg and a Thursday night bingo game cosponsored by the Resident Student Association.

Other events included a photo booth in Elon’s Moseley Center, a profit share at Pandora’s Pies, a luminary making activity and a chance to snack on s’mores while listening to cancer survivors speak.

“Trivia at Fat Frogg was probably the most successful,” Laura Castro, president of Elon’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, said. “We were able to reach a new audience and make them aware of Paint the Campus Purple and Relay for Life. We had fun while raising money for a good cause, and people were very generous at the event.”

Elon’s upcoming Relay for Life event is part of a multinational fundraising campaign by the American Cancer Society. The fundraiser usually includes an outdoor social gathering in which teams compete to raise money and participate in a relay exercise. Elon’s branch of Colleges Against Cancer will be hosting Elon’s third annual Relay for Life event on April 24 at the Francis Center Fields, beginning at 6 p.m.

“In 2013 we hosted about 450 participants at the first Relay, and raised $30,000,” Castro said. “The second year we hosted 650 participants and raised $50,000. This year we hope that more members of the Elon community will join us at Relay, for a night filled with hope, inspiring stories, and a chance for us to join forces and make a contribution towards the battle against cancer.”

Elon students, faculty and staff may register for Elon’s Relay for Life event at www.relayforlife.org/elonuniversitync.

Prior to the Relay event, Colleges Against Cancer will be hosting several other fundraisers, including a concert at Fat Frogg on April 8, and a profit share at Burlington’s Panera Bread on March 9. All the profits from the events will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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