The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 9, 2012

SACC earns conference award for money raised for Make-A-Wish


Friday, November 9, 2012 — The Conference Carolinas Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) continue to make wishes come true. The 2011-12 campaign was a success and raised $442.23 more than last year’s campaign to total $12,751.70.

Pfeiffer University received the “Top Play Award” for collecting $1,200 during their annual “Dry Night” in April.  Students pledged to be alcohol-free, and entertainment included a talent show and the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Pfeiffer University.

As a continuation of the conference’s award system that recognizes outstanding institutional fundraising efforts, and upon the official totals released by the NCAA, the 2011-2012 award winners have been determined. The MVP Award is given to the institution that collected the most funds during the academic year. The Comeback Award is granted to the most improved institution when comparing funds collected from the previous academic year. Finally, the Top Play Award is presented to the institution bringing in the most money across all institutions for a single campus event.

2011-12 MVP Award Winner: Limestone College – collected a grand total of $2,951.00 during the academic year.

2011-12 Comeback Award Winner – Belmont Abbey College - collected $729.19 more than what they did during the 2010-2011 academic year.

2011-12 Top Play Award Winner: Pfeiffer  – collected $1,200 at their Dry Night.

Schools cannot win more than one award each year.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization.  It makes a huge impact on the lives of several deserving children, and we are privileged to have the opportunity to contribute. Conference Carolinas is proud of the continued commitment of our student-athletes and member institutions to making wishes come true and hopes to only improve those efforts in the future,” said Conference Carolinas Director of Compliance Ashly Berry.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 66 chapters in the United States and its territories.

With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 38 minutes and has granted more than 227,000 wishes in the United States since inception. Make-A-Wish and NCAA Division II entered into a partnership in 2003 and since then funds raised have grown annually as the total contribution to Make-A-Wish now exceeds $2.4 million.