3 Colleges, 1 Cause Event at Forsyth Park Attracts 500, Benefits the Wounded Warrior Project

(Sept. 27, 2013) On September 20, Armstrong students, faculty and alumni gathered in Forsyth Park for a great cause.

Armstrong joined forces with Savannah State University and Savannah Technical College to host 3 Colleges, 1 Cause: Supporting Our Troops. The successful event raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides assistance and services for injured service members. The event attracted more than 500 attendees from all three colleges and from the community at large.

“It's great for all three universities to join forces and work together on a common cause,” says Armstrong Student Government Association president Elijah Walden. “We utilized talent from each college and organization to present a family-oriented event that benefits America's wounded veterans.”

Hakim Roberson, president of Armstrong's Student Veterans of America chapter, read an original patriotic poem, plus the Armstrong Gospel Choir thrilled the audience with a spirited live performance. Additional highlights included a rock wall, food vendors, live music and a college showcase highlighting various departments and student organizations at all three universities.

Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to climb the rock wall and sample tasty treats including pizza sticks, pretzels, candy apples and cotton candy. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which is near and dear to the hearts of many Armstrong students.

“This year at Armstrong, our Student Government Association has members of the military in leadership roles, making the Wounded Warrior project even more meaningful to our community,” says Georj Lewis, Armstrong's vice president of student affairs. “Several veterans are returning home from active duty. They all deserve our deep gratitude for their sacrifices and service, especially those who are returning wounded. These funds will demonstrate the commitment our three colleges have to supporting veterans' reintegration back into our communities.”

Armstrong, Savannah State and Savannah Tech have been working together to support common community causes since February of 2013. Earlier this year, events included the Blessings in a Book Bag food drive for school children in need and a Spring Cleanout, with proceeds going to Goodwill.

LeKara Simmons, interim assistant director of student life at Armstrong, helped plan the latest 3 Colleges, 1 Cause event, which included 45 Armstrong departments and organizations.

“This year's event was bigger and better than ever,” Simmons reports. “It's fantastic for all three universities to come together collaboratively to benefit such an outstanding cause.”