Eagle Media Production House, based in The Department of Communication, has come forward in announcing their participation in the annual Relay for Life event.
Eagle Media team captain, Emily Kress, said that getting involved in Relay is such a great opportunity for the organization to get its name out. Kress said the organization renamed itself Eagle Media over the past year, which can lead to the lack of knowledge about the organization.
“So many students do not know who we are and what we do, getting involved in Relay was a great way to get our name out there,” Kress stated.
The initial goal Eagle Media set for Relay for Life was $1,000, which the club raised in three weeks. Kress said the strategy to raise the money for the event depended on putting donation links onto the organization members’ personal social media sites for their friends and family to access, in hopes they would donate. Kress said the organization had a late start with enrolling the team, but Eagle Media crushed the goal the team set out to meet. Due to its late start, Eagle Media was unable to fundraise for the event; all the money that the organization raised are from donations only, allowing Eagle Media to surpass its goal in efforts to raise money for Relay.
“Our team members’ family and friends have been so generous with their donations, and I can’t thank them enough for helping us reach our goal,” Kress said.
She is already planning for next year’s event. Kress said that she plans to start earlier next year and fundraise since they were unable to fundraise for the event this year.
Kress attends the weekly team captain meetings for the upcoming Relay for Life event, and passes along the information to her team members. She intends on keeping her team’s attention on the reason why they are participating in Relay.
“As team captain, it is important that everyone knows what is going on and that we are prepared for this great event,” Kress said.
Kress noted that she is excited for the upcoming event, because this is first event she has been a part of for Relay. She is excited to be at the event this year and making memories with her team as well as others. Kress said one of Eagle Media’s team members is a cancer survivor, and “[the organization] will be celebrating his fight, while helping others in their fights.” This year’s Relay for Life event theme is “Lights, Camera, Relay.” Eagle Media’s movie theme for the event is Lilo and Stitch.
“An event like this brings the campus together for one common goal, where typically, we are all out to reach our own personal goals,” Kress said. “Relay for Life is so much bigger than just us, and anyway that we can help the fight against cancer is a rewarding thing.”
Eagle Media is contributing more than its donations to the event. Relay for Life will have some of the university radio station DJs in the rec center playing music for the event. Kress said she is hopeful that her team can contribute even more money by the end of the event night.
She also mentioned that the organization plans to create news packages from coverage of Relay for Life this year. Kress anticipates on bringing cameras to get interviews and footage to air on CU Weekly.
Kress said that once more details come in for the event, she will be able to better prepare herself and her team for the upcoming Relay for Life event. She wants to be sure that her organization is “ready for whatever the night throws at us.”
Eagle Media Production House has raised $1,310 as of March 22. For more information on Relay for Life, visit Clarion’s website or attend the weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. or Eagle Media meetings Tuesdays at 7 p.m.