After a fervent week of fundraising across campus, the Battle of the Cent-es concluded last Friday, hauling in a grand total of $4,444.38 for Lexi Bolstad, a Fargo Davies senior involved in an accident last summer.
The College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences went toe-to-toe against the College of Engineering while enjoying some friendly competition. This while they collectively raised money for Bolstad.
“We doubled our amount that we raised last year,” said Marisa Rittgers, president of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences Ambassadors and a junior studying nursing.
Bolstad suffered a severe head injury last August after falling from a Global Electric Motorcar, a battery-operated electric vehicle.
“I don’t really know what to say,” Lexi’s mom Robin Bolstad said. “We are very, very honored that (the colleges) picked Alexis.”
The Bolstads were surprised to find out they were chosen as the recipients of this year’s Battle, for besides attending NDSU years ago, they have no connections to the university.
“That made it really special for us that they would think of her,” Robin Bolstad said.
The weeklong fundraiser began on the right foot with a kick-off event Feb. 2, which the Bolstads, including Lexi, attended.
“She had smiles on the whole time,” Robin Bolstad said. “She was just so thrilled to be at NDSU and to be among college students. I don’t know if she really fully understood what was going on, but she was so happy, and it was fun for us as her parents to see her like that.”
As for the money raised, the Bolstads were mutually shocked when they discovered the grand total.
“We were speechless,” Robin Bolstad said. “All we can say is that we are very grateful.”
There was, however, one thing that did not go over too well, at least for Robin Bolstad.
“I’m a little bit bummed that the engineers didn’t win,” Robin Bolstad, a former NDSU engineering student, said jokingly.
The victors proved to be the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences, ousting the College of Engineering in their penny-war-styled fundraiser. All coins collected were “positive” for the college that received the change, while bills and other currencies were “negative,” meaning they deducted from that college’s competition score.
The College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences continued their dominance over the College of Engineering, with a final competition score of $607.87 to $220.49.
“It is crazy how much money college students can raise in one week for a great cause,” Rittgers said.
The Bolstads are appreciative of the work put in by all parties.
“Thank you,” Robin Bolstad said. “We are hopeful that at some point in time, Alexis is aware enough and will really understand what has happened so she can thank people herself. We are proud of you kids for doing this.”
While her daughter’s condition has improved greatly since the accident, Robin Bolstad said Lexi Bolstad has a long road ahead.
“We don’t have an idea of what the final outcomes are going to be,” Robin Bolstad said. “So we are just really appreciative of anything anybody does to help out, because we know that this is going to be a long, long time until we know where she is going to end up (health-wise).”
[twocol_one]College of Engineering
Competition Total: $220.49
[twocol_one_last]College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences
Competition Total: $607.87
Grand Total: $4,444.36