For the fifth year running, the Battle of the Cents-es brought two colleges together for a cause worth more than money.
Pitting the College of Engineering against the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences in a penny war, the annual fundraiser brought in $4,193.93 for Kellie Hamre’s 1-year-old daughter, Bryn.
Bryn has undergone two open-heart surgeries and requires a feeding tube for supplemental nourishment while also regularly seeing physical and occupational therapists.
“She is such a delightful little girl whose smile can brighten up any room!” Gabby Anderson, a coordinator of the event and a second-year pharmacy student, said in an email. “Seeing her so happy and bubbly after all she has been through in her short life made us all even more excited and motivated for the week ahead.”
Donations came from all across campus, from students and staff, including NDSU President Dean Bresciani.
One donation in particular was especially standout, as Amy Nash, executive commissioner of public relations for Student Government, said.
While not affiliated with the fundraiser, Nash was approached by a man at the Student Government office who wished to make a donation at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
To her, the man appeared to have a developmental disability, was wearing shorts and wished to donate a red Solo cup full of coins wrapped in a bag.
“He walked in with that bag … and he said ‘I want to give this to the little girl,'” Nash said. “It caught me off-guard for a second, and he said ‘I saw it on TV’ … so right away, I knew it was (Battle for the Cents-es).”
After leaving his donation with Nash, the “super pleasant” man asked if there was a place to pray nearby and Nash pointed him in the direction of St. Paul’s Catholic Newman Center, adding that “he called himself the biggest Bison fan.”
His donation hasn’t been counted yet as Nash said Kellie Hamre wishes to keep it as a memento of the fundraiser.
With another fundraiser behind the two colleges and some pleasant memories to add, 2015’s Battle of the Cents-es rallied the campus community in what Anderson said testifies to the university’s leadership and teamwork.
“We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who donated this past week,” she said, “and we hope you remember to keep Bryn and her family in your thoughts and prayers!”