Getting married for a cure

Jun 4, 2007

Kettering students got creative in their Relay for Life event supporting the American Cancer Society - including using a Vegas wedding chapel to increase donations.

Employing their creative engineering talents to benefit the American Cancer Society, the Kettering chapter of real SERVICE sponsored a Relay for Life event on campus Friday, June 1 from 2 p.m. until Saturday, June 2 a t 2 p.m. (real SERVICE is a service organization founded by Kettering graduate Jason Braman '05 that connects college students with service opportunities.)

The 24-hour event included relay races incorporating a 50-foot inflatable obstacle course, Mock Rock, and Fear Factor: Relay style. Four live bands played and many teams had their own on-site fundraisers designed to raise money and the fun quotient.

THINK, an informal student group, provided a Vegas-style wedding chapel complete with "Elvis" officiating, poker laps around the track and "horse" racing (people riding people). The chapel offered weddings for $2 per couple, divorces for $4 and annulments for $6, according to Colin Odneal, a senior from of Rossford, Ohio, and a member of THINK.

The Delta Tau Delta Fraternity chose a Viking theme and built a trebuchet catapult to use in a game involving a grid. The catapult developed technical difficulties and was unusable as a fundraiser. It DID increase appreciation for mediaeval engineers and their challenges, however. The fraternity also raffled off their services as a home repair crew.

In addition to the creative on-site fundraising, the Relay for Life event also featured the traditional Luminaria Ceremony to honor cancer victims and those currently battling cancer and a Survivor's Walk, and of course, the track for participants to walk laps. Student LP-FM radio station WKUF 94.3 did a live broadcast throughout the event.

This year 25 teams signed up representing 170 individual participants, making it one of the most successful philanthropic events on campus in years, said Robert Marias, director of Greek Life and Community Service. The goal was to raise $30,000 and the final tally following the event was $25,100. Donations can still be made online through the end of July, according to Marias.

Written by Dawn Hibbard