Future PR professionals run successful $1,500 fundraising campaign

Future PR professionals run successful $1,500 fundraising campaign

Bocce Ballers

Nearly 1,500 was raised this semester by Richard Ganahl's PR Cases and Problems class for the annual Bocce Bash, a Special Olympics event held each fall on campus with support from BU's Student Council for Exceptional Children and the Department of Exceptionality Programs.

The senior-level mass communications class plans fundraisers for a chosen local charity each spring as its main project. Each level of the project, from selecting the charity to developing a plan to launching the actual fundraising campaign, is done by the students.

Using the online funding platform, Indiegogo.com, the class conducted several fundraisers across campus and within the surrounding community. In addition, the class hosted a 17-team Bocce Bash tournament in April on the Academic Quad.

Proceeds from the Bocce Bash fundraiser will benefit the Special Olympics of Columbia/Montour to purchase equipment and increase athlete participation in the event. In the past, the class has organized fundraisers for the annual Thalassemia Care Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Geisinger's Ronald McDonald House's Camp Dost and teamed with the Bloomsburg High School for a local flood relief project.

Want to get involved with the next Special Olympics? Easy, contact James Krause at jkrause@bloomu.edu. #CollaborativeLearning