Alums Still Care : Don’t Overlook this Donation Source

By J1 Reporter Katherine Martin

Some people may say to close the yearbooks, but Marian alumni have a hard time doing that. As many people may know, Marian held the annual Walk-A-Thon (WAT) on Friday, Sept. 30. This fundraiser is run by students and it is not your average Walk-A-Thon.

In most Walk-A-Thons, students receive pledges who donate a certain amount of money per distance walked, but for Marian’s Walk-A-Thon, the students spend a handful of weeks raising money. The money goes to students who need help with tuition and school reconstruction to benefit the Marian community. The class that raised the most walked the shortest route; the class that raised the least amount walked the longest route. Most students ask their parents or neighbors for money, however the alums are often the forgotten ones.

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Seniors Emily Isom ’10 & Jeri Simon ’10 celebrate their last Walk-A-Thon as Marian students.

Marian alums are more than willing to donate, they know the struggle of trying to raise money and getting turned down. Mallory Jurgensen ‘05 said, “I only had four Marian students come ask me for money. What the heck?! I was surprised more didn’t come through my neighborhood, my mom always donates and I would have gladly given them donations too. Walk-A-Thon is extremely hard. I remember how hard we had to work.”

Mallory Jurgensen also said, “most students know at least one alumni, they should get in contact with them, we are more than willing to give donations for the 2017 Walk-A-Thon.” Mallory said Marian Walk-A-Thon is a great way to help the Marian community. 

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