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Sport Management Club Raises $57,000 for Make-A-Wish During 15th Annual Charity Sports Auction
The Sport Management Club at Syracuse University (SPM) raised $57,021 for Make-A-Wish Central New York as a result of its 15th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the Orange men’s basketball game on Nov. 16 at the Dome, supporters placed bids on more than 500 items, including sports memorabilia, electronics, jewelry, gift baskets, trips and tickets to sporting events.
The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management. Since its founding in 2005, the club has now raised $524,000 for local charities. Previous beneficiaries of the club’s annual charity auction have included Meals on Wheels, Boys & Girls Clubs, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Central New York SPCA, the Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York, Food Bank of CNY, the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission Alliance, the American Diabetes Association and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.
“Once again, the outstanding Syracuse University Sport Management students have exceeded our expectations,” says Diane Kuppermann, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central New York. “Their energy, effort and passion for our mission was evident throughout the process. Their professionalism and drive resulted in this extraordinary gift that will benefit local kids battling critical illness. Their contributions to the most vulnerable in our community will have lasting impact.”
Make-A-Wish serves 15 counties around Central New York, granting wishes and helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses.
“Our Sport Management Club was founded on the principles of teaching our membership the value of civic engagement, community service and social responsibility through sports,” says Michael Veley, Rhonda S. Falk endowed professor and director of sport management, who also serves as the organization’s faculty advisor. “The countless hours of dedication by these students to ensure that the charity auction would make wishes come true for local children and their families is extremely gratifying. Collectively, we are honored to support our community.”
The Sport Management Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays during the academic year in 200 Falk 200. For more information, contact SPM Club president Sam Marteka at firstname.lastname@example.org.