On Feb. 23, FDU students hosted a Chili’s fundraiser night to benefit the non-profit organization, Cookies for Cancer.
But that was not the first, or last, time these students – all of whom are in a service learning management class taught by Silberman College Dean William Moore – gathered the FDU community together for a cause.
As part of a semester-long project, which the students have named “FDU’s Cure for Kids,” the members of Moore’s class will be holding a variety of events to raise money for Cookies for Cancer.
FDU senior Jessica Lewis said, “We had a couple of different charities we were going to work with, but we voted and chose pediatric cancer because it would be one that definitely could benefit from us.”
Some of the other organizations suggested by the class included the Susan G. Komen Foundation, known for its annual three-day breast cancer walks, and the Eleventh Hour Rescue, which helps provide “loving foster homes for dogs pulled from death row in high-kill shelters,” according to the rescue’s website.
Service learning management student Nigel John-Baptiste said the process to choose a charity was surprisingly simple, considering the roughly 30-student class.
“It was a heads down, thumbs up kind of silent vote,” said John-Baptiste.
The first events FDU’s Cure for Kids held were 50/50 raffles during two recent FDU sporting events, which were big successes, according to Lewis.
The winners of the raffles got half of the earnings.
One raffle winner, a supporter of the opposing team, donated $50 back to the charity, which earned a total of $130.
During the Chili’s fundraiser at the Chili’s on Route 10, customers who presented a FDU Cure for Kids coupon had 10 percent of their bill donated to Cookies for Cancer.
John-Baptiste, a waiter at the restaurant for nearly two years, organized the event with manager Phillip Henry.
In the end, Chili’s earned $1,100, translating to $110 for FDU’s Cure for Kids.
Students involved in FDU’s Cure for Kids hope to get the attention of not only their classmates, but also of people doing their everyday shopping.
To that end, on March 6, the students held the first of two, potentially three, bake sales, in front of Kings Supermarket in Florham Park.
The second bake sale will be held on April 16.
FDU’s Cure for Kids’ final event, Night on the Green, will be held on April 30 in Morristown.
The event will include carnival celebrations with games, tie-dying and face paint. At the end of the night, it will feature a free movie.
The organizers hope local residents, along with students, will attend the event.
“A lot of people seem more than willing to help out the cause,” said John-Baptiste.
Previous service learning management classes have raised up to $3,000 for their non-profit charity of choice, according to John-Baptiste.
He hopes that FDU’s Cure for Kids can surpass that and raise up to $5,000.
Cookies for Cancer is a non-profit organization committed to raising money to support pediatric cancer research for new therapies.
“Cookies for Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and business to help fight pediatric cancer,” according to the organization’s website.