Rockford Campus Rocks Wranglers, Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

News crestWhen Adelaide Tai was five years old, her younger sister was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that results in tumors throughout the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Amidst the trauma and stress of that time, Make-A-Wish Foundation partnered with the 70-acre luxury resort, Give Kids the World Village, to provide an amazing vacation for Tai and her family.

“My grandmother described kindness as a drop in water that ripples out to touch more and more lives. This is true for Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Tai says. “Even though the wish was for my sister … witnessing that display of kindness from strangers who had no motive, other than literally to grant a child's wish, was very magical to me.”

These days, a child is referred to Make-A-Wish every 28 minutes, and a wish is granted about once every 38 minutes. The average cost of one of these magical experiences is $8,141, as of August 2012.

Granting all those wishes may seem an impossible task but there are many ways to join the cause. Rasmussen College’s Rockford, Ill., campus found a perfect way to help fund these special wishes.

Rockford rocks it

Rockford campus student advisor, Andrea Stimes, was a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation when she learned of the “Jeans for Wishes” initiative. She immediately thought it would be perfect for her campus.

Jeans for Wishes is a campaign in which organizations and schools don blue jeans or their favorite sports apparel to raise funds for children with life-threatening medical conditions. And after a successful presentation to the college director, Stimes got the green light to register the Rockford campus for its very own campaign.

The campaign allowed Rockford faculty and staff to wear jeans in place of their professional garb as long as they agreed to wear a promotional sticker and provide a $5 donation. Jeans for Wishes ran for three days on the Rockford campus, but the fundraising went on much longer, lasting mid-February through mid-March.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation also provided Stimes with promotional material, which she hung by the front desk and student lounge. She spread the word in staff meetings and online, and told the stories of local children affected by the wishes.

“I saw strong support coming from all areas of the campus,” Stimes said. “Sometimes ... when you hear about something that happens close to home, it strikes a chord for you.”

Recent alumni and current students were asked to donate on Rockford’s campaign page and were encouraged to purchase DVDs of the 2013 graduation ceremony, for an additional $5 donation.

Jeans for Wishes ended up being a rousing success in Rockford. The campus raised a total of $470 during the 30-day campaign, almost doubling its $250 goal.

Bookmark Rasmussen College’s main blog to stay up to date with news and information about recent campus events. If you know of a newsworthy event happening at your campus, email Jennifer.pfeffer@rasmussen.edu.

Megan Ruesink

Megan is a freelance writer for Collegis education who writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen University. She hopes to engage and intrigue current and potential students.

writer

Posted in Campus News


Related Content

This piece of ad content was created by Rasmussen University to support its educational programs. Rasmussen University may not prepare students for all positions featured within this content. Please visit www.rasmussen.edu/degrees for a list of programs offered. External links provided on rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen University does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced. Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

logo-accreditation-acen logo-accreditation-ccne chart-credential-laddering-associates-bachelors-masters 0 Credits 90 Credits 180 Credits 48 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE Start Here MASTER’S DEGREE PURSUERS End Here BACHELOR’S DEGREE End Here MASTER’S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-associates-bachelors 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 90 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 180 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-healthcare-management 0 Credits 90 Credits 180 Credits 48 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE Start Here MASTER’S DEGREE PURSUERS End Here BACHELOR’S DEGREE End Here MASTER’S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsb 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 90 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 180 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsd 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 91 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 181 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsjs 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 91 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 180 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsn 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 91 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 181 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE icon-colored-outline-bank icon-colored-outline-certificate icon-colored-outline-circle-dollar-sign icon-colored-outline-folder-search icon-colored-outline-hand-heart icon-colored-outline-head-blocks icon-colored-outline-head-cog icon-colored-outline-head-heart icon-colored-outline-health-plus-leaves icon-colored-outline-hospital icon-colored-outline-lifelong-learning icon-colored-outline-light-bulb-analytics icon-colored-outline-maginify-glass icon-colored-outline-magnifying-glass icon-colored-outline-monitor-healthcare icon-colored-outline-monitor-paper-search icon-colored-outline-nurse-rays icon-colored-outline-padlock-shield icon-colored-outline-scales icon-bank icon-general-charticon-general-connect icon-general-degree icon-general-discuss icon-general-emailicon-general-find icon-general-haticon-general-heart icon-general-laptop-building icon-general-laptop icon-general-leader icon-general-map icon-general-money icon-general-paperwork icon-general-peopleicon-general-phone icon-general-speak-out icon-head-heart icon-mglass icon-scales rebrand-arrows icon-colored-advance icon-colored-arrows-cross-curve icon-colored-briefcase-star icon-colored-build icon-colored-bulb-analytics icon-colored-certificate icon-colored-continual-development icon-colored-duo-chatbox icon-colored-folder-mortarboard icon-colored-forward-ribbon icon-colored-gears-clock icon-colored-globe-pen icon-colored-growth icon-colored-hand-bubble icon-colored-hand-stars icon-colored-hands-gear icon-colored-head-blocks icon-colored-head-cog icon-colored-laptop-cbe-skyscraper icon-colored-laptop-checkmark icon-colored-laptop-webpage icon-colored-location-map icon-colored-location-pin icon-colored-monitor-paper-scan icon-colored-mortarboard-dollar icon-colored-national icon-colored-people-chat-bubbles icon-colored-person-laptop-checkboxes icon-colored-person-screen-instructor icon-colored-person-whiteboard icon-colored-phone-chatbox icon-colored-police-light icon-colored-prep icon-colored-presenter icon-colored-regional icon-colored-save-time icon-colored-shirt-hat icon-colored-skyscraper icon-colored-state icon-colored-student-centered icon-colored-support icon-colored-world-experience icon-arrow icon-camera icon-filtericon-info-circleicon-mail-forwardicon-play-solidicon-quote-mark-lefticon-quote-mark-righticon-share-square-oicon-spinnericon-tagicon-simple-chaticon-simple-desktop icon-simple-find icon-simple-hamburger icon-simple-phone icon-testimonial-quotes icon-social-facebook-square-coloredicon-social-facebook-squareicon-social-facebookicon-social-google-plus-squareicon-social-google-plusicon-social-instagramicon-social-linkedin-square-coloredicon-social-linkedin-squareicon-social-linkedinicon-social-pinterest-picon-social-twitter-squareicon-social-twittericon-social-youtube-play-coloredicon-social-youtube-playlogo-rasu-horizontal ras-logo-flame ras-logo-horizontal ras-logo-stacked icon-util-checkbox-white icon-util-checkbox icon-util-checked-white icon-util-checked icon-util-chevron-downicon-util-chevron-lefticon-util-chevron-righticon-util-chevron-upicon-util-language-switch icon-util-loading icon-util-open-window-button icon-util-open-window-link icon-util-pdf-buttonicon-util-pdf-linkicon-util-refresh icon-util-x