University of Kansas YAL was proud to host a charitable event for the Wounded Warriors Project earlier this month. Wounded Warriors helps veterans and their families returning home from current conflict and represent students attending courses at the University. We used our networking prowess to invite and organize the first fundraiser in the clubs history and they were met with great success and a memorable event.
Key note speakers included local State Representatives Barbara Ballard and Tom Sloan, State Senator Marci Francisco and surprise speaker, wounded veteran and YAL leader David Conway. This demonstrated the positive outcome of building a broad based coalition citizens across the political spectrum to support a worthy cause. It also showed the strong American history for charitable giving.
Students raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Project through donations for the formal dinner and raffles provided by partnerships with local business and donors. KU-YAL was overjoyed to have a packed reception and over $1000 raised after expenses so far!
This experience proved how communities can have a positive impact on the lives of others by choosing charity for themselves. Valuable contacts and bonds were also made for greater collaboration ahead. We are eager to continue our charitable work with WWP and other groups that represent the people of our campus community.
University of Kansas YAL would like to especially thank our speakers and sponsors for their participation and support including the KU College Republican and Ecumenical Christian Ministries – Peace Warriors. Thanks to these businesses for their generous contributions: Lawrence area Starbucks, The Oread and The Eldridge Hotels, and ACME T-shirts. More images can be found on our chapter’s Facebook group.