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Herzing University Online Raises $4395 for Breast Cancer Research and Services

November 17, 2010

Herzing University Online and the Herzing University home office teamed up to raise $1980 for the Lee National Denim Day fund and $415 for the Avon 2-DayWalk for Breast Cancer. Herzing University Founder and Chancellor Henry Herzing matched all donations, up to $2,000. In total, Herzing University raised $4395 toward the fight against breast cancer.

Angela Doyel, Executive Assistant to the Campus President at Herzing University Online and event co-chair, organized fundraising efforts for the Lee National Denim Day by asking staff to donate money in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans at work. Funds were also raised with the sale of pink bracelets, denim caps, and paper cutouts in the shape of a denim pocket on which staff and students wrote the name of a loved one touched by breast cancer. The pockets were then attached to an Honor Wall displayed in the campus lobby. Doyel says, “I never imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be able to raise this much money for these amazing organizations. We set what we thought was a reasonable fundraising goal, and with Mr. Herzing’s generous offer to match our funds, we ended up raising ten times as much! Herzing University really does care for the community.”

Event co-organizer, Student Services Specialist Haley Geiger, participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for her third year, walking 39 miles to raise awareness and donations. The two joined efforts through a staff bake sale, with proceeds totaling more than $400 to contribute toward Geiger’s goal of raising $1800 in order to participate in the Walk in Charlotte, North Carolina in memory of her grandmother who lost her battle with breast cancer in October 2004.

“The weekend was emotional and one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Geiger stated. “I was overwhelmed with joy to see the support that my coworkers had for this cause. The generosity of everyone at Herzing University was amazing! There are such beautiful people that work for this University.”

Net proceeds from Lee National Denim Day will go to the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which will benefit Lee Laboratories’ nationwide search for more effective, less toxic treatments for breast cancer, world-class scientists’ development of a blood test for earlier detection of breast cancer, and the Cancer Support Community and its affiliate network, which provide support, education, and hope to people affected by cancer in communities nationwide.The funds raised for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer are awarded to local, regional, and national breast cancer organizations to support five areas of the breast cancer cause, including: awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research. 

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