Armstrong Is Top School in Light the Night Fundraiser
(Nov. 16, 2012) Every year Savannah families, friends, co-workers, and local businesses come together to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk. The event helps raise money and awareness for those battling blood cancers. The walk took place at Forsyth Park on Oct. 12, 2012, where 2,500 participants walked a course through historic downtown carrying balloons to “light the night.” Supporters of the cause carried red balloons, cancer patients had white, and those walking in memory of a loved one lofted a gold balloon. Several balloons and booths alike were represented by the Armstrong community.
“Armstrong has been such a wonderful part of our Light the Night Walk over the years--raising so much money for our mission to find a cure for blood cancers and help patients and their families,” said Jean Doliber, Light the Night campaign manager for the Georgia Chapter in Savannah. “This is Armstrong's 10th year of participating and with each year, more and more students, faculty, and staff get involved!”
Armstrong participants found many creative ways to raise money for this year's event. Bake sales were held in the student union and booths with carnival games and raffle tickets were set up at Celebrate Armstrong Day. The Housing and Residence Life department raised over $700 from their annual Haunted Forest that took place over Halloween.
“Angela Storck [Housing and Residence Life] did a great job with raising additional funds to help find a cure for blood cancers,” said Marilyn O'Mallon, associate professor of nursing and Light the Night campus representative.
An Armstrong Appreciation luncheon will be held on Dec. 3 for all team members, staff, and faculty who were involved. A city-wide awards reception is scheduled for Dec. 5 at the Coastal Georgia Center to award top teams and sponsors for their support. At the reception, Armstrong will be recognized as the Top School for the Savannah effort, donating $15,799 of the $205,000 raised overall.
-Written by Ella Greer '14, Marketing and Communications student worker