CSU Students: Don Tacky Sweaters to Support Local Nonprofits

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Department of Communication is staging a Tacky Sweater Walk through Uptown Columbus, plus related activities, from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 7 as a fund-raising event to help local nonprofits.

The department’s Nonprofit and Civic Engagement arm, better known as the NPACE Center, works closely with local nonprofits, offering CSU communication students a practical experience outlet for service learning projects that rely on communication skills and theories they’re being taught.

“It is also our way of saying thank you for giving us real experience and the chance to be a part of something amazing,” said Kimberly Dutton, a CSU communication major and one of the event’s student organizers.

Beyond the walk through Uptown Columbus, participants will be able to engage in several activities at the walk’s home location in Woodruff Park, adjacent to CSU’s art and theatre complex on the Chattahoochee River. Men’s and women’s prizes will be given for attendees wearing the “tackiest” sweaters.

Co-hosting the Tacky Sweater Walk will be the 2014 Miss Columbus, Hayley Henderson, a recent CSU communication graduate from Cataula. Santa Claus will be available to visit with children, and Mrs. Claus will read stories to children. Hot chocolate will be available at the park and along the walk route.

Several of the NPACE Center’s nonprofit partners — such as the March of Dimes, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and American Red Cross — will have tables set up in the park’s Nonprofit Circle to promote their programs and upcoming events.

A local radio station is expected to have a van on hand to provide musical entertainment.

Proceeds from the Tacky Sweater Walk will benefit local nonprofits and help expand the NPACE Center’s ability to serve current and future nonprofit partners. Registration for the walk is $15 if done online by Friday at http://tackysweaterfundraiser.webs.com and $20 in person on Saturday. Children 12 and younger can participate in the walk for free, and donations by non-walkers are encouraged.

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