On December 4, the Cayuga Community College Phi Beta Lambda business club on the Auburn Campus celebrated a year’s worth of activities and fund-raising, including their last fund-raiser of the semester for the March of Dimes.
Max Appleby, PBL president, recounted the dozens of events the club had participated in at the campus and in the community over the course of the year. Among their most important events were the numerous fund-raisers for such organizations as the SPCA’s Cause for Paws, a talent show to support local artists, and other charities.
For the month of November, the club focused on fund-raising for the Central New York Chapter of the March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Every day, club members set up a Phi Beta Lambda booth with information about the March of Dimes. They also collected donation in collection baby bottles, and sold pizza, donuts, candy, and beverages. In recognition of the organization and its signature color, the club sponsored “Make Your Own Purple T-Shirt” and sold $1 Booties for Babies. By month’s end, the club had donated $1,000 to the local chapter.
“It’s because of these students at Cayuga Community College and all the volunteers across our region that we’re able to provide services to 13 counties with three staff members,” said Hanni Kmetz, director of the Central New York Division of the March of Dimes. “The money that they raised stays in Central New York and will make a tremendous difference to the babies and the families that we serve. On behalf of the March of Dimes, we thank them for their generous contribution.”
The club also donated boxes of preemie baby diapers and a car seat to the Stardust Birthing Center at Auburn Community Hospital to support premature babies.
“I am so proud of the students’ work,” said Professor and Club Advisor Amy Valente. “Presenting this check to the March of Dimes and hearing how their donation makes a difference inspires our students to contribute to and care about their community. Hopefully, through their efforts, more people are aware of the March of Dimes and what it does to save babies’ lives.”