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NDSU Battle of Cents-es fundraiser sets record for donations

Ambassadors from the College of Health Professions and the College of Engineering collected $5,680.14 during the eighth annual “Battle of the Cents-es” event, held Feb. 11-16. The fundraising competition pits the student organizations against each other.

The final total is a record high, outdistancing last year’s event that raised $4,374.26.

All donations collected from the event will support Tyler Robertson, a 2016 graduate of West Fargo High School who came to NDSU to study mechanical engineering. Following a routine eye exam, doctors discovered a tumor in his brain. Specialists at Mayo Clinic removed the tumor and diagnosed him with treatable, but not curable, Glioblastoma.

“We are so excited to have raised so much money for Tyler. We couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said nursing student Madison Brenamen, who is president of the Health Professions Ambassadors and a junior from Moorhead.

It was great to see how a friendly competition can lead to such meaningful results,” said Charlie Olson, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering from Lindstrom, Minnesota, who is president of the Engineering Ambassadors. “I'm truly amazed and grateful for the generosity we saw among our peers and faculty at NDSU.”

Coins collected during the week counted toward the team’s totals and paper money was deducted from the team’s totals.

The College of Health Professions raised more donations, but the College of Engineering won on points. The College of Engineering collected $1,137 in paper bills and $1,291.37 in coins for a point total of 154.37. The College of Health Professions collected $2,255 in paper bills and $996.77 in coins for a point total of minus 1,258.23.

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