NEC Money Wars Raises Record Amount
Somerset, NJ - Mount St. Mary’s has been SAAC-ing its Northeast Conference competition.
The Mount’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) won its second league-wide contest of the academic year, topping the charts in the 2017 installment of the NEC SAAC Money Wars Fundraiser benefitting the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.
Earlier this year, Mount St. Mary’s donated the highest number of items during the second annual NEC SAAC Canned Food Drive competition.
Aiming to win NEC Money Wars for the third year in a row, the Mount raised the most funds by a single school since the annual league-wide program began in 2010.
“Congratulations to Mount St. Mary’s for the remarkable enthusiasm with which its student-athletes have approached our Money Wards fundraiser and other SAAC endeavors,” said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris.
Mount St. Mary’s effort resulted in a total of $4,005.00, spearheading a conference-wide increase in money raised from the prior year’s total.
“As a whole, NEC student-athletes have made a concerted commitment to giving back in the community and this year’s record-breaking donation to the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is evidence of their hard work in that area,” said Morris.
Finishing in second place for the second straight year, Saint Francis U contributed $3,250.00 to the NEC’s record total. The SFU Red Flash have been amongst the conference’s top-three finishers for each of the past four years.
Robert Morris, which saw on-campus donations rise by 32.5 percent from last winter, took third place in the competition with a $1,134 contribution.
Collectively, NEC SAAC leaders from the league’s 10 core member institutions raised an all-time high $13,650. That figure represents a 13.8 percent surge from the $12,000 that were contributed during the 2015-16 academic year.
One hundred percent of the raised funds will go to the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. The Harrisburg, PA-located organization assists children under age 18 & their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis.
The Northeast Conference’s annual donation to the CCRF has increased during every one of the past five years. Over the course of the NEC’s eight-year partnership with the Harrisburg-headquartered charitable foundation, the league’s student-athletes have worked together to raise a grand total of $66,508.09.
About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.
About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 36th year, the Northeast Conference is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.