A highly successful second annual penny war between two student groups has raised more than $1,400 for two charities.
For five days, Feb. 6-10, the Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences Ambassadors collected money for Cullen Children’s Foundation, while the College of Engineering and Architecture Ambassadors raised funds for the Minot State University Flood Families Fund. In the Battle of the Cents-es competition, coins were considered positive scores, while cash bills were counted against an organization’s numbers.
When the dust cleared, the Engineering and Architecture Ambassadors defeated the Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences Ambassadors.
Minot State University Flood Families Fund will receive $755.11 and Cullen Children’s Foundation will receive $695.95. This year’s combined total of $1,451.06 is nearly $200 more than last year’s combined total.
“It is remarkable to see a combined total of over $1,400 raised for the two charities. The rewards from this friendly competition are that the student ambassadors from the two colleges get to interact with each other while making a difference for those in need,” said Joel Hanson, director of the Student Support Center in the College of Engineering and Architecture. “Thank you to the entire campus community for making this year’s penny war a success.”
Dana Davis, director of recruitment for the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences, reflected a similar feeling. “It really is neat to see how quickly pocket change can add up and in turn make a great impact. Both of the charities benefitted, but so did our students,” Davis said. “The Battle of the Cents-es has become a fun tradition and is something that I hope stands out when our students look back on their college experience at NDSU.”