Stillman Seeks Three-Peat in American Heart Association Challenge

By Nicholas Luciano,
Stillman News Writer

The Leadership Development Honors Program in the Stillman School of Business has won the collegiate challenge of the American Heart Association for Seton Hall University for the past two years, and they are going on their mission to win it again this year. The challenge for 2013 is headed by junior students: Ashley Jefferson, Erin Krakaur, and Nicholas Luciano.

The team has been able to increase funding from year to year and drive for improvement continues this year. The team has a goal this year of raising $4,000 for American Heart.

This goal will completely top the previous year’s fundraising of $2,300. With the team determined through high effort and energy, they are holding two huge events on campus to reach their goal.

The winning university in the challenge receives the money that they fundraised back in forms of scholarship since Investors Bank of New Jersey has partnered with the American Heart Association to match the winner’s fundraised money. Investors Bank has close ties with the Leadership Program, with two of its members, CEO Kevin Cummings and First Vice President of Business Banking, John Neitzel.

There will a pasta dinner fundraiser on October 1, and another fundraiser on October 8, on the Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In preparation for event, the team has hired a taco truck catering service along with having activities and games on the Green, with all the proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

The mission of the American Heart Association is to promote health and active lifestyles. The American Heat Association does work with colleges all across the nation \to try and raise funds for heart disease research.

Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the United States and American Heart is looking to significantly decrease that statistic in the next couple of years.

Seton Hall University lead by the Leadership program will not only fundraise for the American Heart Association but also help change the lives of Americans for the better to live healthier and strong.

Be sure to look out for these two spectacular events and donate to a great cause.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Sept. 24 print edition.

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