Relay for Life, the annual fundraising event hosted by Colleges Against Cancer, is confirmed to return to Baruch College in the Spring semester.
The American Cancer Society dictates which schools and universities can host Relay for Life each year based on the amount of money each institution raises. In order to host the event, each chapter of CAC is mandated to raise at least $40,000 during the academic year. If the chapter fails to raise the minimum, it risks losing the opportunity to host a Relay for Life at its corresponding school.
Last spring, CAC hosted Relay for Life, but the event generated an unexpectedly low turnout. Jesse Pazmino, president of CAC, attributed the sudden decrease in popularity to the elimination of Greek life at Baruch.
“Mainly our income for Relay for Life came from Greek life, but since they were banned, we took a major hit. Right now, we are trying to find another way of replacing what we lost,” Pazmino said.
He indicated that the national organization is trying to expand outside of the college in order to get more support and donations. CAC will be partnering up with Chipotle Mexican Grill and other major companies in order to meet the quota. Students will be able to go into participating Chipotles with flyers, or can mention the organization by name, to get discounts on food. Partial profits from Chipotle and other companies will be donated to CAC.
Although the academic year has only just begun, the Baruch chapter has already started the process of planning fundraisers and making contacts for the event. Pazmino expressed that he and other representatives from the club are constantly recruiting new members. The chapter will also be involved in many upcoming events, including the Breast Cancer Walk, the October club fair and several bake sales.
CAC’s biggest event of the Fall semester, according to Pazmino, will be Kickoff, which is a series of events intended to hype up prospective attendees and give them a glimpse into Relay for Life. Kickoff is a compact simulation of Relay for Life that consists of dozens of games and prizes. Although the majority of these events do not charge for admission, suggested donations are encouraged.
If students do not donate, however, purchasing a pass to participate in Relay for Life also helps contribute to the required $40,000. Initially, each pass costs $10, but the price increases to $20 as the date approaches. Relay for Life usually earns about $10,000, so most of the quota has to be reached prior to the event.
Rumors circulated that Relay for Life would be cancelled for this academic year, following the news of a surprisingly low Spring semester turnout.
“[The event] never officially got canceled. Our previous president said that it got canceled but it was his way of sparking a fire. Student population has been decreasing so he thought this would be a good way to increase or build interest for Relay for next year,” Pazmino said.
The specific events that will be happening at this year’s Relay for Life are still unknown at this time.