Each year, Michigan State University Full-Time MBA students positively impact the community by developing projects to raise money for worthy causes. This year has been no different.
For over a decade, the Eli Broad College of Business MBA Association has raised money for hunger relief organizations. This year, MBA students created “dates”—anything from a wine and painting evening to a “taste of India” experience—to be auctioned off to their classmates. The number of these donations increased roughly 20 percent over last year, and the date auction, held at Club Rush on November 22, raised $3,600 for the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Two weeks later, the last social event of 2013 collected donations to Toys for Tots. Local nightclub the Firm donated space for the December 6 event, and the Broad Veterans Association recruited uniformed military members to receive donations. In addition to student participation, a significant number of professors and administrators also came out in support. Five to six shopping carts full of toys were collected and donated through this outreach.
Each spring, the MBA Association joins the fight against breast cancer by sponsoring the Broad MBA Team in the Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure. The Broad MBA team has been among the top 10 fundraisers in the Greater Lansing Race for the Cure, with funds going to support national breast cancer research as well as local screening and education programs. This year, 29 runners participated in the race on April 27.
An additional fundraiser this year sent funds to Komen Race for the Cure. Two students put their mouths where the money was, competing to eat as many chicken nuggets as possible within a 15-minute timeframe. Meredith Boxberger (MBA Marketing ’15), a world-ranked competitive eater, prevailed over Ryan Bonenberger (MBA Supply Chain Management ’14) in this “Battle of the Bergers,” held April 22.
The biggest fundraiser of the year, though, is the Broad MBA Association Charity Auction, held March 20. For the third year in a row, this event benefitted Ele’s Place, a regional nonprofit that supports grieving children. Board members sought donations of items and experiences from throughout the community, including some significant donations from the MBA faculty. The fundraiser’s live and silent auctions raised a total of $6,040.
“When you think about what people sacrifice to come here, that they have the ability and wherewithal to give back really says something about the program,” said Jason Dangles (MBA ’14), the MBA Association’s vice president of events. “It reinforces the fact that we’re not just building ourselves—we’re developing into holistic leaders and members of the community.”