The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Club at the Medical Education Campus was the winner of two fundraising competition events hosted during the spring semester by Beta Nu Psi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and Student Life.
The first competition, Penny Wars, consisted of collecting coins or dollar bills in specially decorated jars by all participating clubs. The value of any pennies and bills collected by a club counts positively toward that particular club’s point total, while the value of silver coins is subtracted. Therefore, a contributor who wants a particular club to win will place pennies and dollar bills in the club’s jar and nickels, dimes or quarters into other jars. At the end, a winner among clubs is declared and all the proceeds are donated to a specified charity.
PTA raised almost $200. The remaining $300 came from the other participating clubs which included Himlot (Health Information Management Leaders of Tomorrow), Dental Hygiene, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Nursing, PTK, Respiratory Therapy, MeLT (Medical Laboratory Technology) and Radiography.
A check of $500 was hand-delivered by PTA members to Fisher House Foundation, the charity of their choice as the winning club. Fisher House Foundation provides military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization.
The second event, Walk4Life, gives a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. On April 18, during Springfield Community Day, the PTA Club participated and won the team trophy award raising over $380 of the total amount donated to the American Cancer Society. Besides fundraising for the American Cancer Society, the objective was to spread the word of a healthy, active lifestyle. A check of $600 is in route to the American Cancer Society.
Kudos to the PTA Club and their advisor Patricia Ottavio for winning and to all other clubs and advisors for their continued support and participation.
Thanks to all the students, faculty and staff who volunteered their time and donated to the Penny Wars and Walk4Life events.