HPU Cares Presents $22,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief


HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 17, 2013 – Students at High Point University wanted to lend a hand when they heard of the devastation in the Northeast following Hurricane Sandy, so throughout the fall semester, groups on campus raised funds through various activities. The results of their hard work and dedication were evident, as they presented a check for $22,000 to the American Red Cross during the half time at the men’s basketball game on Jan. 16.

The campus found a variety of ways to help raise money, including numerous blood drives, a “Pie the One Who Cares” event where students pied peer mentors, resident assistants, staff and administrators for a donation, a dodge ball tournament, and a dining out for the cause event.

Bonnie Vallee, a native of New Jersey, was one of the students who not only presented the check and helped raise the funds, but whose family was also displaced by the storm due to damage to their home. While the family is recovering, Vallee and fellow student Pat Perillo created Sandy Relief T-shirts to sell as part of the fundraising efforts. They collected $600 in total.

Additionally, the Student Government Association made a $6,000 donation, and the university matched every dollar raised.

“High Point University always has a way of taking care of its students, whether on a large or small scale,” says Vallee. “As someone who was affected by the storm, this donation means a lot. All the thoughts, prayers and of course the money donated from the High Point University community will go a long way back home. It was amazing to be a part of this relief process and to see what can be done when people work together to help others.”

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