Benefitting the Boys & Girls Club

COB Students Plan Festival to Benefit Area Boys & Girls Club

By Kyle Dittmar, Lucas Draper, Renee Freund, Stephan Volvatch

UW-Eau Claire students in the Management 494 Community Leadership class have been working throughout the semester to help various organizations. This class helps students gain knowledge of the local community, as well as to fulfill a student’s service learning requirement. As part of the course five students have worked to prepare a business plan for the creation of a Memorial Day Festival as a fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley. One of the students who worked on this project, Jenny Anderson, a human resource management major, said that completing a project for such a great organization as the Boys & Girls Club gave her a feeling of doing something truly worthwhile for the Chippewa Valley community.

The students’ main goal was to develop a fundraising effort that would coincide with the annual Memorial Day Festival. Once the theme was determined, students sought sponsors for the event. Then, the activities, entertainment and food for the festival were detailed in the outline.

Tracey Smiskey, Director of Resource Development for the Boys & Girls Club, stated that students have done an outstanding job creating the Memorial Day Festival proposal, and looks forward to implementing the plan. Smiskey also mentioned that some of the bigger festivals, such as Sawdust City Days, started as a very small event at one point in time. What used to be a small event is now a four day celebration with dozens of sponsors.

“That is how something big starts, with something small like this,” said Smiskey, “The partnership between the UW-Eau Claire and the Boys & Girls Club has turned out to be mutually beneficial. We are all excited to see the results of this partnership at the Memorial Day Celebration in 2009.”


Kyle Dittmar Lucas Draper Renee Freund Stephan Volvatch

From left to right: Kyle Dittmar, is a senior undeclared major from Sussex, WI; Lucas Draper, is a senior business administration major from Gilbert, MN; Renee Freund, is a senior accounting major from from Malone,WI; Stephan Volvatch, is a senior business finance major from Eau Claire, WI. They wrote this article for their BCOM advanced writing class.

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