Concordia hosts Relay for Life fundraising event April 9
By: Joanna Ptasinski '13, communication major and marketing minor
March 15, 2011—After five consecutive years of hosting Relay for Life, Concordia University Chicago will host its first Mini-Relay for Life of Concordia-Dominican April 9.
The event will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Concordia’s track. Concordia and Dominican universities’ Relay organizers selected the Carnival of HOPE as their 2011 event theme, toward reaching a $15,000 fundraising goal.
All are invited to stop by throughout the day and participate in events including ultimate Twister, bags and HillBilly Golf tournaments, themed laps, face painting, obstacle courses and much more. Free, handicapped-accessible parking is available in visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Street.
“Even though we are trying something new this year with the mini relay, it’s inspirational to see people still be as passionate about Relay,” said Erin Zimdars, Concordia student and event co-chair. “I am so glad to have so many volunteers working hard to make this event a success.”
Concordia and Dominican organizers invite cancer survivors, caregivers and all community advocates to take part in Relay for Life by joining or organizing a team or donating. Register at www.relayforlifecdt.com or contact Bethany Hein at 708-209-3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concordia and Dominican will host fundraising events throughout March and April, including:
- March 18, 9 p.m.: Concordia-Chicago will host a Battle of the Bands in the Koehneke Community Center Cougar Den.
- March 31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: A Rummage Sale in front of Mary Martha Hall on Concordia’s campus will include gently used books, clothes, DVDs and more. Donations for the sale are needed, please contact Bethany Hein for more information. Rummage Sale drop off days are on March 28 and 29 from 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. in the Christopher Center Lobby.
- April 1, 7 p.m.: Luminaria Ceremony will be held on Concordia’s Track to honor and remember those who have suffered or are suffering from cancer.
- April 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Carnival of HOPE, the Mini-Relay for Life of Concordia-Dominican will be held on Concordia’s Track.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. According to the American Cancer Society, millions have taken park in Relay for Life since it was established in 1986, making it the world’s largest fundraising event. Across the nation each year, communities mobilize for more than 4,800 overnight Relay events to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.
About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.
With more than 5,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students, Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at www.cuchicago.edu.