Cougarthon 2014 Raises $2,500 for American Cancer Society

[caption id="attachment_2780" align="alignright" width="300"]On hand for Friday’s check presentation were, from left, Gina Sheeks, CSU vice president for student affairs; Mitchi Wade, chair of the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Crystal Ball; cancer survivor Rex Whiddon, director of development at CSU’s College of the Arts; Cougarthon staff adviser Anne Brown; student committee members Ansley Phillips and Amber Lanier; and Kimberly McElveen, CSU’s senior director for student engagement. On hand for Friday’s check presentation were, from left, Gina Sheeks, CSU vice president for student affairs; Mitchi Wade, chair of the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Crystal Ball; cancer survivor Rex Whiddon, director of development at CSU’s College of the Arts; Cougarthon staff adviser Anne Brown; student committee members Ansley Phillips and Amber Lanier; and Kimberly McElveen, CSU’s senior director for student engagement.[/caption]

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Organizers of Columbus State University’s Cougarthon 2014, a campus-wide dance-oriented fundraising effort to benefit the American Cancer Society, presented a check for $2,500 to the society on Friday.

“It was an honor for the American Cancer Society to have Columbus State University’s participation,” said Denise Dowdy, a local American Cancer Society representative. ”We are so excited and look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with the university and the students.”

About 250 students danced for six hours at CSU’s Student Recreation Center on April 9 as part of the university’s inaugural Cougarthon, which aimed to raise funds and awareness for the cancer society. Food and a wide range of other activities were also part of the evening.

The informal event served as a student-oriented alternative to the black-tie Crystal Ball that the local American Cancer Society held about a month earlier. Both events honored cancer survivors Rex and Lynn Whiddon, who have deep roots at Columbus State.

Plans are already underway for Cougarthon 2015, with organizers advising students to save April 11-12 for the expanded 12-hour event.

Anne Vogler Brown, volunteer programs coordinator at CSU’s Center for Career Development, served as staff adviser for Cougarthon 2014. Students leading the committee organizing the event were Ravhen Maddox, Akilah Anderson and Kameron Griffin.

Other student committee members were Grant Carter, Telea Davis, Lazavia Grier, Jordan Huggins, Aina Kumar, Amber Lanier, Robert Monfort, Katelyn Pawlowski, Ansley Phillips, Andrew Pollock, Kelsey Ray, Cylina Velazquez, Michael Ward and Kaitlyn Woodall.

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