From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, a group of SVSU students hosted a bowling tournament at Stardust Lanes to raise money for Community Village, a local assisted living facility.
The event organizers were Andrew Vivian, Lindsey Mead, Miles Shane, Kellie Rankey and Vanguard editor Taylor Stockton.
They are members of the Roberts Fellowship, a highly selective program of distinction at SVSU with the goal of instilling leadership skills in its students at both a community and international level.
“Together, we have a three-hour Friday seminar each week,” said Mead, an English junior. “We discuss what it means to be a leader and ultimately plan a service project to impact the community around us.”
At the beginning of the year, the five students decided they wanted the elderly community in Saginaw to be the focus of their service project.
Mead had been volunteering at Community Village since she was in high school, and after some research, she found that the facility was in need of renovations.
She and her group members agreed it would be the perfect organization to work with. They then set out to develop a fundraiser that would meet the needs of the assisted living facility and engage the Saginaw community in general.
“We wanted to give the residents the ability to participate in whatever we did because they do not get to leave the Community Village campus very often,” said Vivian, an electrical engineering senior. “We decided that a bowling tournament would give us the opportunity to fundraise as well as provide the residents with the ability to get out and mingle.”
Sixteen teams of four signed up to join the bowling tournament for $100 a team. The winning team was awarded $200, while the rest of the proceeds were given directly to Community Village to be used for bathroom renovations and other miscellaneous updates to the facilities.
The students also held 50/50 raffles and set up a silent auction with items donated by local stores and attractions in addition to accepting general donations.
The fundraiser brought in roughly $3,000 of funding for Community Village, but what team members were most proud of was the experience they were able give the residents and the awareness they were able to spread about Community Village.
“The most important thing was awareness,” Mead said. “We handed out brochures about Community Village and their mission, and some residents from the home were able to join us at this special event.”
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