The Valerie Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help families with children battling cancer and other blood disorders. Started by Ed and Sue Goldstein, the Valerie Fund was named after their daughter Valerie Goldstein who sadly lost her battle against cancer. In 1977 Ed and Sue dedicated themselves to helping families in situations similar to theirs by assisting them with obtaining the best treatment available to their child. In 2012 the students of the Buccino Center for Leadership Development wanted to help the Valerie Fund, so they started began the annual PirateThon event. PirateThon is a 12-hour nonstop dance marathon fundraising event, put on by the PirateThon Initiative, where all the proceeds go to the Valerie Fund.
The PirateThon Initiative currently led by members of the Business Cohort, Co-Presidents Kelly Dunn and Anthony Gonzalez coordinated a successful PirateThon event Saturday, March 2, 2019. This year, the PirateThon Initiative raised nearly $8000. The money raised through this 12-hour, non-stop event goes towards non-medical expenses for the families that receive assistance through the Valerie Fund. Kelly Dunn said this about PirateThon, "coordinating and leading this event can often be challenging, because you have to find something college students would be engaged in for 12 hours. However, I wouldn't have it any other way; Just knowing the impact we are making in these families' lives makes all the challenges worthwhile." Walking into this event, it was evident that every single member of this initiative in the Buccino Institute is passionate and dedicated to help these families. Freshman members Amy Chin, Brenden Bechamps, Jared Rubino, Allison Gennette, Mackenzie Conroy, Daria Saxton, Christian Kopecki, Noah Turner, Ally McCormick and Anna Plank all enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer for such a worthy cause.
Co-Presidents Kelly Dunn and Anthony Gonzalez and all of the leadership students who helped to make PirateThon 2019 possible exemplify the Institue's pillar of Civic Engagement. Civic Engagement is the 7th pillar of the Buccino Leadership institute and is a vital part of our mission to developing leadership. In the Buccino Leadership Institute, we strive to be servant leaders, and all of the students who were part of PirateThon exceptionally demonstrated both their leadership abilities and their dedication to Civic Engagement.
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