Successful Transformations

Mike Baca program coordinator of Information Systems

That's a TON of Money!

This past July, Wescoe classmates Abbe Abrams, Wendy Billman, Evon Burgess and Theresa Caliente did something remarkable; they raised $4800 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley (PCFLV).

As part of their class project for Joe Kornfeind’s Accelerated Degree class “Managing Organizations”, the group was tasked with creating and implementing a project for a non-profit organization, to be completed within 5 weeks.  Not knowing where to start, the group, also known as “Team Blastoff” resourced website www.lehighvalleyfoundation.org for a list of non-profit organizations in need of help.  They unanimously chose PCFLV as their project.

PCFLV is a Lehigh Valley based organization and their mission is to make a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with cancer and their families through ongoing programming, support and resources enabling children to Live.

“To live is to be able to experience joys of childhood, the fun of friendship, quality time with family and friends and a journey that is not defined by cancer,” says Program Director Lisa Kappes.  To keep with their mission, PCFLV was in need of gift cards for art supplies, restaurants and movies. 

Team Blastoff held fourteen fundraising events: This included events at the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market, Westgate Mall in Bethlehem, Wal-Mart in Trexlertown, and T.G.I.Friday’s in Allentown.  Plus they collected contributions from family, friends and local organizations.

Their fundraising goal was set at $500.  They raised $4800, ten times the amount they expected!

Team Blastoff coordinated their efforts with PCFLV’s Director Carrie Gofberg and Program Director, Lisa Kappes.  Carrie commented “Lisa and I were blown away by the overwhelming success exhibited by this team of Wescoe students!   The energy and enthusiasm they demonstrated was incredibly abundant. They are a blessing and we will always be indebted to them for their enormous contribution and support of PCFLV!”

Congratulations Team Blastoff for a job well done!