Baskets for charity

Three SPU students raised $760 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington through a three-on-three basketball tournament held on Nov. 19.

The three students, Jessica Menkens, Leanne Stankowiak and junior Brittany Ford, got a total of 12 teams to play at an entry fee of $20 per team.

The Ronald McDonald House in Seattle provides a home for families whose children are seriously ill and can’t afford to stay anywhere. With the ability to house 80 families a night, the house in Seattle has provided a home for 1,500 families annually, according to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Web site.

"Our staff and volunteers work to provide an oasis for families during a very difficult, chaotic time," the RMHC website said.

The students wanted to help children who are in need, according to Stankowiak, so they chose to work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Stankowiak said that the students were unable to directly volunteer, so they raised money for the charity instead.

Though they weren’t looking for outside donations, a couple of people gave money when they heard about the students’ project. Stankowiak said that her grandfather gave $500 to the cause. She was telling her family about her project and her grandfather decided to donate money when he heard about it.

The tournament was a class project for "Organizational Behaviors for Managers," where students had to volunteer with some kind of non-profit organization, Menkens said.

Andy Willis, Joe Dacka, and Casey Willis were the winners of the tournament, and received a prize basket that included donations from Starbucks and Jamba Juice.

Michael Dallas Miller, a sophomore who participated in the tournament, said that he enjoyed playing basketball and giving back to the community.

"This is a great way to join them together," he said.

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Title: Baskets for charity | Author: Andrea Hamblen | Section: News | Published Date: 2006-11-29 | Internal ID: 5310