Before the United States even knew what exactly was happening at the Boston Marathon, medical assistant students at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River were already brainstorming possible fundraiser ideas for the victims.
“We were already planning on doing a pizza and pop fundraiser to raise funds for our medical assistant club,” said medical assistant student Sarah Blanski. “But when the Boston Marathon bombings happened, we immediately knew we needed to donate our proceeds to the victims of the bombings.”
Emotionally-charged and armed with dedication, five medical assistant students went to work putting together all of the details of the event.
Blanksi said one facet of the event they thoroughly researched was the different charity funds being created for Boston Marathon bombings victims. Eventually, they decided that OneFundBoston.org would be the best fund to donate to as it is endorsed by the Massachusetts Governor and Boston Mayor.
The charity’s website includes this quote: “I am humbled by the outpouring of support by the business community and individuals who are united in their desire to help; The One Fund Boston will act as a central fund to receive much needed financial support,” Governor Patrick said. “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.”
“Giving to this fund is our way of giving back and helping people who had their lives turned upside down by this violent attack,” Blanksi said.
With the fundraising details in hand, Blanksi and the rest of the medical assistant club students presented their idea to Katherine Wollschlager, who is the club faculty advisor.
“I am speechless when it comes to the club and their generosity,” said Wollschlager. “When a crisis happens around the country, my club is always willing to step up and help anyway they can.”
When: Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Minnesota School of Business-Elk River Commons (11500 193rd Avenue Elk River, MN)
What: $2 gets you a slice of pizza and a can of pop
Why: To raise money for the OneFundBoston.org charity fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings