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Pancakes for Parkinson’s

April 23, 2013   

This past week, the Pre-Professional Health Careers Club, which I founded last semester with my friend Kelly, held a fundraiser to raise money for Parkinson’s research called Pancakes for Parkinson’s.  Overall, it was a success! We hit a few snags along the way, but we raised about 200 dollars in just one evening to donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Each semester, our club likes to be involved in some type of volunteer event that focuses on a health-related cause.  Last semester, we participated in a Breast Cancer walk in Utica and we had a bake sale on campus to raise money.  This semester, one of our club members thought it would be a great idea to hold an event on campus that was interactive and would raise awareness for a cause.  We decided on Parkinson’s disease research since so many of us know people who are affected by the disease.

We held the event with support from Student Activities as a “breakfast for dinner” fundraiser.  Our original plan was to serve breakfast food with a suggested donation, watch a movie starring Michael J. Fox and a shorter documentary about Parkinson’s disease, and hold a raffle for gift certificates to Nola’s Restaurant in Clinton, our campus coffee shop, Café Opus, and a Clinton Pottery mug. 

In the weeks leading up to the event, members of our club helped make posters to put up around campus and fliers to advertise the event.  Everything was going perfectly until the night of the event.  When Bon Appetit, our campus catering service, came to deliver the food, the order somehow got messed up and replaced pancakes with French toast!  Also, the TV that we were showing the movies on did not hook up to laptops, so we wound up having to find something on the TV to watch instead.  However, we took these snafus in our stride and still pulled off a successful event.  Everyone enjoyed the food and was extremely willing to donate and enter the raffle.  I’m so happy that our club was able to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease research and I hope that we can have another popular event next semester!