FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University Student-Athlete Committee (SAAC), in an NEC-wide initiative, raised $2,160 for the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. The $2,160 represents the most money SHU has ever raised in the longstanding conference tradition. "Money Wars" is a friendly competition among the SAAC groups of the 10 NEC member institutions in which each school designates a two-week period to raise the most money for CCRF.
The 2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣ #NECSAAC Money Wars WINNER is... @SFUathletics‼️— Northeast Conference (@NECsports) April 4, 2019
Congrats to the ���� Finishers ⬇️
⚡️ - $4,693.42
⛰️ - $2,841.75
❤️ - $2,160.00
(All �� proceeds go to @ChildrenCRF) pic.twitter.com/fp3a8a3wE5
The Pioneer SAAC's fundraising total of $2,160 is the third-highest total of the 10 NEC schools. Saint Francis U captured the 2019 NEC Money Wars title, raising nearly $4,700 while Mount St. Mary's raised north of $2,800 for the second-highest total. SHU's $2,160 total is a marked improvement from the Pioneers' $954.50 raised in 2017.
As a conference, the NEC raised over $13,000 which is all donated to a great cause. The CCRF provides support to children and their families battling cancer though three programs.
- "The Bear-Able Gifts Program" provides gifts to thousands of children in hospitals throughout the country to lift their spirits during their stay.
- "The Helping Hands Fund" provides financial assistance to families struggling to pay utility and household bills by making emergency bridge payments so that children recovering from cancer can return to a safe and warm home.
- "The Therapeutic Services Program" offers free counseling sessions and support groups to the children and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
SHU Athletics held a jeans day on the final day of the two-week fundraising period, with staff donating $5 to dress down at the Pitt Center. In addition, the football and women's volleyball programs raised money through their programs, with several student-athletes and coaches generously donating.