BLT members present check to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Buies Creek, N.C. – What do you get when you combine 10 donated golf rounds, 11 hole sponsors, nine teams of players and over one month of extensive planning? A $2,000 check presented to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by Campbell’s Business Leaders of Tomorrow club during a ceremony held Feb. 11.

The donation, presented during Business Week, was the result of a student organized golf tournament hosted by the club at Keith Hills Country Club on Nov. 14.

Founder and President Erika Kennedy was pleased with the results and viewed the fundraiser not only as a philanthropic opportunity, but also as a learning experience.

“The officers were able to learn how to better work together and work through any problems…I am proud to say that I was a part of it,” she said.

The idea to host a tournament originated during a meeting early in the fall semester as officers brainstormed fundraiser ideas to promote the club’s name, raise money and donate extra proceeds to an organization.

Officers selected the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the recipient for a personal reason: Marketing Director Mark Williams’ father is a Lymphoma survivor and Williams was familiar with the extensive cancer research conducted by the organization.

After much time organizing details and gathering donations, the tournament raised a grand total of $2,800.

The remainder of the funds will be used for club activities in the spring and next year’s club, which Kennedy hopes will continue community involvement.

“I can only hope now that the Business Leaders of Tomorrow club will continue to prosper after we leave and continue keeping community service projects at the top of its ‘To Do’ list,” she said.

Photo Copy: Officers of Business Leaders of Tomorrow, along with Dr. Broadhurst and Dean Hawkins, present a check to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society representative Meri Mitchell. L to R: Dr. Broadhurst (club academic advisor), Lindsey Morgan (Events Coordinator), Cabell Sinclair (Vice President), Erika Kennedy (President), Garland McDowell (former Vice President), Meri Mitchell (LLS Representative), Ashley Kidd (Secretary/Treasurer), Mark Williams (Marketing Director), and Dean Hawkins (Business School Dean)

Prepared by: Chelsea Wilde, Student Writer