BARUCH STUDENTS SPEARHEAD THE CUNY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’

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              New York, NY, March 23, 2006--More than 220 Baruch College students will participate in the March 31-April 1 Relay For Life, walking in teams throughout the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  The event runs for 16 hours, from 5 pm on Friday to 8 am on Saturday.

              The Relay, part of a nationwide celebration of hope and remembrance, honors cancer survivors and pays tribute to lives lost.  The first lap is reserved for cancer survivors and their caregivers

              The Relay will be held in the Baruch College gymnasium, part of the College’s Athletic and Recreation Complex (ARC), and will involve a total of 400-500 participants. Approximately 110 students from Hunter College and more than 20 from City College will join the Baruchians.

               Relay For Life is a team-driven effort, with each team of 5-15 members gathering pledges. Last year—the first time CUNY participated in this ACS signature event—the Baruch contingent raised over $47,000.

      Teams are formed from student clubs and represent every facet of student life. This year’s participating student groups include the American Marketing Association, the Baruch Bearcats,  (athletic teams) Club India, the HelpLine, Kappa Phi Alpha Society, the Ecuadorian Club, Baruch Tae Kwon Do, The Ticker (student newspaper), the Debate Team, and the Golden Key Honor Society, among others.  Each team has a minimum goal of $1,000. Students have also enlisted a number of corporate sponsors, including Deloitte Touche.

             Participants take over the College’s 8,925 sq.ft-gymnasium.  Team members take turns walking or running around the periphery while live music, entertainment, food and informal socializing occupy the center. To raise additional funds, some teams will be selling homemade cookies, paperback novels, etc.   Because the event is a celebration of life, a festive atmosphere prevails throughout the night.

      In New York City Relay For Life fundraisers are also held by the City’s police and fire departments as well as by Columbia University and NYU.

Contact: Zane Berzins, News and Public Information Director, (646) 660-6113, zane_berzins@baruch.cuny.edu