Circle K fundraises for kids

Clarion, Pa.- Clarion University’s Circle K hosted its second annual Wish Week in efforts to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

From Feb. 15-19, members of Circle K volunteered their time to help run Wish Week activities in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room and the recreation center. The event was open to the public, and anyone who wanted to participate could.

Circle K members play a game of volleyball to raise awareness and funds for Make-A-Wish.
Circle K members play a game of volleyball to raise awareness and funds for Make-A-Wish.

Teams of students and community members arrived at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the event for registration. Registration for each event was $5 per person. The events included Family Feud, a Zumbathon, a three-on-three basketball game and six- to eight-person teams of volleyball and dodgeball. The goal of the week sought to raise $3,900, the cost of one wish.

Due to inclement weather, the basketball tournament and Zumbathon were rescheduled and held on Feb. 22 and 23. Despite the weather, the events still had large turn-outs. They were able raise $600. Although the amount was under the goal, Circle K was still pleased with how much they were able to earn. They urge anyone who is still interested in donating to visit their Facebook page: “Wish Week at Clarion University.”

Wish Week began in 2014 as a single dodgeball tournament, Dodge for Wishes. This event was such a success that Circle K decided to make it bigger, and the following year, it grew into a four-day event of sports tournaments.

The first Wish Week featured dodgeball, volleyball, basketball and a Zumbathon. With the addition of the new events in 2015, organizers made enough money to grant a child a wish.

A game of Circle K volleyball gets intense in the Recreation Center.
A game of Circle K volleyball gets intense in the Recreation Center.

The week was such a success that they decided to bring it back, and this time add the Family Feud event as a nonathletic event in the MPR. According to Circle K Public Relations Chair Laurel Pierotti, it was a nice addition that had a great turnout. This year Circle K also had an online friends and family page available so that those that were unable to attend the events could still donate money.

Circle K is a collegiate branch of Kiwanis, an international community service organization. Each year they, along with the branches in 80 other nations, serve a wide variety of community service projects. Their most advertised event has been Wish Week, which was advertised in flyers, the CU eDigest, various social media platforms and the Potty Press.

Aside from Wish Week events, one of the current trends of the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been the Instagram campaign #ShareYourEars. Users take a picture sporting Mickey Mouse ears and post it with the hashtag. For every post under the hashtag, Disney will donate $5 to Make-A-Wish.

Anyone who wishes to donate money may post their ears photos to Instagram or contact Laurel Pierotti at l.a.pierotti1@eagle.clarion.edu for more information on how to donate.

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