Feb. 25, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) Relay For Life team recently received the Most Creative Fundraiser Award for their onsite Hawaiian fundraiser, "Get Lei'd By An Athlete," for the collegiate events within the South Atlantic Division, which is comprised of states on the east coast from Delaware to Georgia.
"When I told the group that we had won they were very excited," team co-captain and ECU offensive lineman Chaz Lowery said. "It was celebrated with some high fives to each other and a lot of `wows.' It was great to see the joy in their faces and know that good things came from their hard work."
The SAAC team participated in The Relay For Life of East Carolina, which was one of three relays in Pitt County that combined to earn the county one of the top 10 Per Capita Awards in the nation. The event raised $97,279.
The Relay For Life Nationwide Awards and Recognition Program is a tribute to some of the nation's most outstanding participants. The awards highlight the success of individuals, teams, committees, and events that define the very essence of what it means to be a Relay For Life staff, volunteer, and community that takes up the fight.
Lowery originally came up with the idea for the fundraiser while supporting his sister at another Relay for Life walk at Virginia Tech. The ECU SAAC squad walked around the track holding signs to point people to its booth where it sold out of leis in a couple of hours and had to turn people away by the end of the night.
This year, the SAAC team has preordered more leis as it is planning to repeat the fundraiser and sell t-shirts. The group is also in the initial stages of developing another benefit to help "Smash Out Cancer," where donations will be taken and people will have the opportunity to swing a sledgehammer at a contributed vehicle.
"We foresee this fundraiser being a hot topic and an opportunity to raise a lot of money," Lowery exclaimed.
The 2014 Relay For Life of East Carolina University is scheduled for April 11 at the North Campus Recreational Center. To sign up or make a donation go to www.piraterelay.org.