26 Jan / 2021

SMC dances for charity

first_imgThe eighth-annual Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon, a student-led fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, raised an all-time high amount of funds at this year’s event. Committee members said Saturday’s event in the Angela Athletic Facility raised $104,374.83 for the Hospital. “Seeing the total reveal at the end was so exciting and unexpected,” Dance Marathon president Amy Tiberi said. Tiberi said she first became involved with the event in her high school and developed a passion that she wanted to carry over to her college experience. “I am from the Indianapolis area and was involved with Dance Marathon all throughout high school,” Tiberi said. “It was a very natural transition for me to be a part of the committee here at Saint Mary’s. I have had close friends treated at Riley Hospital, so there is that personal connection, but really just seeing how much this hospital positively affects lives is enough for me to want to be involved.” She said the committee hosts several fundraisers throughout the academic year, but the marathon is its most well-known campus fundraiser. “Each year we pick a theme for Dance Marathon and throughout the year we raise money through sponsors and local business support,” Tiberi said. “This year the theme was ‘Rock of Ages’ and we went in with the goal of raising $88,000.” Tiberi said the event gives students who are not on the committee the chance to fundraise for the cause. “I knew I couldn’t be a board member, but at the same time I wanted very much to be a part of this marathon because it is for such a great cause,” senior Gabriell Sabatini said. “I was able to sign up as a dancer and raise about $200 for the Riley Hospital”. This year the marathon featured music, dancing, games, crafts and other entertainment. Tiberi said she encouraged students from other area colleges to come, as well as members of the community. An estimated 300 people attended the event. Salon Rouge, a local salon, sponsored a table at the event giving away gift bags and offering services for a low price. “We are a small business in town and we want the community to know we are here to help,” manager Ann Malencia said. “We are not just here to make money. You never know the background of the person walking through the door of the salon and we want to show the community we are here to listen and we are here to help.” Tiberi said most participants’ favorite part of the marathon is when local Riley families come in and share their stories to the crowd. Gary Newcomb, whose child receives treatment at Riley, publicly shared the story of his daughter, Emily, for the first time. “About eight months ago, after a misdiagnosis from a local hospital, Emily had to be rushed to Riley Hospital where they found out her liver was very enlarged and tumors were on it,” Newcomb said. “A couple of months later we received a phone call saying Emily had fluid in her brain.” Newcomb said he and his wife “literally thought we were watching her [Emily] pass in front of us”. But after two brain surgeries, Newcomb said Emily is in the recovering process thanks to the compassion and care of the staff at Riley Hospital. “Her brain surgeries were right around Christmas time and we mentioned to the staff we were unable to get a family picture with Santa,” Newcomb said. “After Emily was out of her second surgery a nurse came and got us. One of the doctors, not even Emily’s, drove to his house to pick up a Santa costume and came back to the hospital so we could get our family picture. This is just one example of the compassion of the Riley staff.” Newcomb thanked the crowd and said Riley families hugely appreciate fundraising events like Dance Marathon. “Emily is easily over a million-dollar baby,” Newcomb said. “Without this type of monetary support we really don’t know what we would have done.” Mother Brooke Young also spoke about her son, Seth, and his experience with the hospital. “One minute we were packing for a family vacation to Texas and the next minute our world was turned upside down,” Young said. “We received a phone call from Seth’s doctor saying there were abnormalities in Seth’s bloodwork. He was admitted to Riley hospital and we were told our 12-year-old son has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.” Young said her family was “forced to endure a journey they never thought they would be taking”, but the hospital staff at Riley was there to throughout its duration. “We have developed loving relationships with the nursing staff at Riley hospital,” Young said. “They have become what we consider parts of our extended family.” Young ended her story by thanking the crowd and the Saint Mary’s organizers of Dance Marathon. “Know what you are doing is absolutely amazing,” Young said. “You are truly helping families. Never doubt the Riley staff. They are an army of amazing people and have a true compassion for the children they care for.” Tiberi said these are the stories and the people her committee works for. “It truly is a good cause,” Tiberi said. “I can’t wait to see the passion for Dance Marathon continue to pour out next year.”last_img read more

first_imgMuhammad Ali was one of the best boxers of our generation and his legacy will live on forever, as will his most famous quote “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Ali was a phenomenal boxer as well as an inspiration to all and in the wake of his recent death, many more quotes have come to surface that prove what a hardworking and big dreamer the man truly was. Many of these quotes can and should be applied to the way you look at strategy, how you motivate your team, and how you conduct your strategic planning sessions to elevate and build your credit union’s legacy.“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” In today’s competitive and ever-changing marketplace, it is more important than ever to adjust your goals annually and discover new and exciting directions in which to lead your credit union. In this industry, taking risks and trying new things can seem intimidating, however, without risks your growth will remain stagnant and in the end you likely will not see the profits that you are seeking.“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.”As you evaluate your call reports, you may find that your performance is not up to par with your original goals, and the outcome is not as you expected. You may find that your credit union has veered away from your goals and has fallen off the tracks so to speak. It may seem daunting and almost impossible to recharge your engines and start fresh but remember, nothing is impossible. A new strategic direction is attainable and possible if you are willing to take the first step, reassess your goals, and work toward a new a strategic direction for your institution.“The only limitations one has are the ones they place on themselves.” Believe in yourself and your credit union. Believe in your staff and your ability to reach new goals. Even a goal that may seem unattainable can be accomplished with time, hard work, a fresh outlook, and faith in your abilities as a unit. If you find that your credit union has been lackluster and is in a metaphoric slump, try enlisting the help of an outside resource, a fresh set of eyes. Ask your employees for suggestions. The sky is the limit! Never throw in the towel; you simply must have belief in your credit union, your members, and your staff to push your credit union to be the best that it can be.“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”Banking is a competitive industry, no matter how you slice it, especially with the introduction of conglomerates like Wal-Mart, Target, and State Farm entering the market. With so much competition, there will always be someone who is bigger and better and outperforming your credit union. You may not always be #1 in your market, but that doesn’t mean you can’t act like you are. One way to take your credit union to that next level is by acting like you’re already there. Make financial decisions as if you are already the model institution that you want to be. Make hiring decisions as if you were the number one employer in your market. Don’t sell yourself short. Simply wishing you were at that $100m, $500m or $1B asset mark won’t get you anywhere, but acting as if you’re already there, will. Remember, the secret to having it all is believing you already do.“It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb that wears you out. It’s the pebble in your shoe.”Never let the small things derail your mission. Keep your eyes on the prize and keep climbing. Everyone will hit bumps in the road during the growth process. You’ll have a member complaint or two, a few bad loans, perhaps even a not-so-positive NCUA exam here and there, but those who succeed in the end are the ones who don’t let the “pebbles” determine their destiny. Continue to monitor and adjust your strategies and goals to reach the top of your mountain.Looking a fresh start, and new outlook on strategic planning? Request more information about strategic planning facilitation HERE. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Detailslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – When Syracuse tight end Beckett Wales caught a deflected pass from Ryan Nassib for a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Orange up 19-7, Charlie Cornbrooks rose from his bleacher seat in Section 238.The play elicited a larger-than-normal reaction from Cornbrooks, who jumped on top of the bleacher and began to hug friends sitting next to him.For Cornbrooks, a senior economics major, the touchdown signaled that SU was likely to win the game.“It could’ve been intercepted, but instead, we went up two scores,” Cornbrooks said. “It was just such a fun moment, such a fun atmosphere.”The rest of the game drew plenty more celebrations from Cornbrooks and the SU student section, which filled Sections 235 through 239 of Yankee Stadium for Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl matchup between Syracuse and West Virginia.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the Orange pulling away in the third quarter and going on to a 38-14 victory, Cornbrooks and other students danced, shouted and enjoyed the memory of SU’s second bowl win in three seasons.With the game being played in New York City, about four hours from Syracuse and close to many students who were home for Winter Break, student tickets sold out quickly to set the stage for the raucous student section on Saturday. Some nearby students made the day trip to Yankee Stadium, while others stayed with friends to make a weekend trip out of it.Cornbrooks lives less than an hour from the city in nearby Wilton, Conn., and accommodated three friends for the weekend — two buddies from Syracuse and a friend, Sean Battisti, who spent a semester at WVU last year.The SU-West Virginia rivalry made for good-natured trash talk during the game and throughout the weekend, Cornbrooks said.“When Sean showed up at my house on Friday, everyone booed,” Cornbrooks said. “Even my parents. It was great.”Although SU beat WVU the last two seasons, Battisti had a good feeling about the game due to quarterback Geno Smith and the Mountaineers’ potent passing attack. The morning of the game, Battisti boasted that West Virginia would score 80 points on the Orange defense.But after the SU defense made a few early stops and began to gain momentum, Battisti fell silent. His SU friends started to chide him, and he suddenly found the game hard to watch.“It was tough dealing with everyone who was messing with me,” Battisti said. “No way I ever thought we would get blown out. I guess that’s what I get for sitting in the Syracuse student section.”With the game beginning shortly after 3:15 p.m. and lasting until about 7 p.m., the event was essentially a daylong excursion for those who attended. Some made it truly an all-day affair and arrived at Yankee Stadium hours ahead to tailgate. A parking garage adjacent to the stadium was filled with SU and WVU fans alike by noon.Gatherings were mostly segregated by school, with tailgaters drinking beers and playing games like cornhole, but Syracuse fans were seen wandering over to West Virginia groups on occasion and vice versa.Some students even decided to join the garage-based festivities even though they didn’t drive to the game. One of these students was senior finance and supply chain management major Ryan McKenna, who rode the train in from Connecticut with friends and arrived at Yankee Stadium shortly after 11 a.m., carrying a sign encouraging Nassib to have a big game.“We got there early and wanted to just hang out,” McKenna said. “The best part of these games is almost the pregame experience. It’s like an outdoor party.”For McKenna, another enjoyable part of the game was its outdoor venue. With SU playing its home games inside the Carrier Dome, students don’t usually get a chance to brave the outdoor elements for a game.And the weather was in full force Saturday afternoon, with snow flurries and light winds making for a mild blizzard-like environment. With temperatures hovering at about 30 degrees, it wasn’t so cold as to be painful for most students. The snow added to the experience, McKenna said.“I love when I get to go to NFL games outside in the winter, and you can’t get that vibe at the Dome,” he said. “With us blowing them out, it was just fun feeling the snow and dancing around with everyone.”After the game, the SU team made its traditional march toward the band, which promptly cued up the Syracuse alma mater, as is custom, win or lose. Almost every student stayed, and many put their arms around one another, swaying to the music. For seniors, it was the final chance to enjoy the alma mater after a football game.Students left Yankee Stadium with smiles on their faces, happy to witness a 24-point-Syracuse win firsthand.And unlike many games in the past, no complaints could be heard.“Before the game, I wasn’t even sure that it would be too fun,” said senior finance and entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major Kellie Milne, who made the day trip from her home north of Albany. “But I’m so happy I went.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected]last_img read more