Jordan Cash, left, presented Peter Panetta with a cheque for $1,035 on Wednesday, April 23. Cash raised the money through a scholarship from Mirabelli Corp., and donations from other MBA students and Lakehead faculty.
April 23, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON
A scholarship from Mirabelli Corp. inspired Lakehead University student Jordan Cash to raise more than $1,000 for the Underground Gym in Thunder Bay.
Cash, a Master of Business Administration student, had planned to volunteer at the gym as a boxing instructor but didn’t have time due to his busy school schedule. Instead, he raised money for the Underground Gym in a fundraiser called MBAs Care.
“At the end of last semester I received a $200 scholarship from Mirabelli Corp. that I decided to donate to the Underground Gym, and I wanted to see if I could raise more,” Cash said.
After giving a short presentation to his MBA classmates, Cash was impressed when 15 students donated a total of approximately $400. He is also collecting donations from faculty members in Business Administration and contributing some of his own funds.
Cash, who is from Pickering, Ont., added money he won from a Proline Ticket, some stock dividends and money left over from his student loan.
“I want people to know that Lakehead MBA students care about this community. We are proud to assist the Underground Gym to help young people reach their full potential,” Cash said.
Peter Panetta, Underground Gym founder, said Cash’s donation will help keep the youth centre open.
“This is huge for us. The timing couldn’t have been better,” Panetta said, adding that the donation will also provide food for the youth.
“We usually have five or so fundraisers per year and they’re very important. These donations are much appreciated and much needed,” Panetta said.
Dr. Lifeng Geng, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, said Cash has shown great leadership with this project.
“Jordan is a very talented MBA student. He's doing great academically and it's nice to see him make time for the local community,” Dr. Geng said. “I'm happy that he has devoted his time and energy to the well-being of kids. He clearly has a lot of potential to be a great leader.”
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