The Lenoir-Rhyne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was named the winner of the 2019-20 Make-A-Wish Challenge announced by the South Atlantic Conference Sunday afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne raised $6,723 which is the most raised by a SAC school ever. The LR SAAC ran a fundraising event during multiple games this past year and the biggest event was the Teddy Bear Toss during LR Basketball game against Queens University.
Anthony Brown, LR SAAC Treasurer commented on winning this award.
“I was pretty excited because we put a lot of time and effort into this,” Brown said. ” It was awesome to raise the most money, especially under LR’s name because it was for a good cause.”
The Division II SAAC started this partnership with the Make-A-Wish foundation that dates back to 2003. Division II has raised more than $6.2 million towards granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
” The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a great cause because sports has made a lot of my dreams come true,” Brown said. ” We look forward to having a lot of events so that this great organization can continue to make kid’s dreams come true.”
The Lenoir-Rhyne SAAC continues to find ways to fundraise money and are looking to kickstart this year with more events. SAAC Administrator and Assistant AD for Compliance Jenna Beauregard touched on the SAAC efforts last year and what is on the horizon.
“I am very proud of the Lenoir-Rhyne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee that we had last year for all of the hard work and time they put in to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation,” Beauregard said. “We have several carry over members and new members this year and they are already off and running with new ideas to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Our first initiative will take place on October 21st. We will be having a closest to the pin Make-A-Wish hole at the Gridiron Golf Outing. All money raised from this event will be going to Make-A-Wish. Additionally, we have partnered with Queens Athletics to fill the stands with stuffed teddy bears and lions during our basketball home openers against Queens since attendance will be limited. A portion of the bear or lion purchase will go to each school’s Make-A-Wish fund and the bears and lions will be donated to the Hickory Fire Department or Charlotte organization after the game.”