At the end of Battle of the Valleys week, SVSU raised $36,210 compared to Grand Valley State University, which raised $14,915, marking the 11th Battle of the Valleys in a row where SVSU beat Grand Valley’s fundraising amount.
This is the most SVSU has raised for a Battle of the Valleys charity partner since 2010.
“All that hard work and effort shows at the end when they flip over the check,” said SA representative Morgan Jensen. “To know that all that money raised by SVSU students goes towards such an amazing charity makes the entire Battle of the Valleys so much more worth it.”
Battle of the Valleys, the annual charity drive where SVSU and Grand Valley compete to raise the most money for philanthropic organizations, started on Sunday, Oct. 21. SVSU’s Student Association (SA) put on events throughout the week to raise money along with Greek life students and other organizations.
“This tradition started in 2003 and is a great way for students to get involved with philanthropy and the community,” said SA President Caitlin Coulter. “Battle of the Valleys is not only about beating Grand Valley, but about increasing awareness and consciousness of the non-profit organizations in the Saginaw Bay Area.”
This year, SVSU’s charity partner was the Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network.
The organization provides suicide interventions, education and training to communities and organizations and also provides long-term support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Battle of the Valleys started off with a kickoff party event at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Student Life Rotunda.
On Monday, Oct. 22, SA put on their regular “car smash” from in the President’s Courtyard. An old car was placed in the courtyard and had “GV” written all over it. Students could hit the car once with a sledgehammer for $1 or unlimited hits for $5.
That evening also saw a dodgeball tournament in Hamilton Gym. Teams consisted of five people, and each person had to pay $5 to register.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, began with Meet the Greeks from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the President’s Courtyard. Sororities and fraternities set up fundraising activities, competing with each other to see which Greek organization could raise the most money that day.
There was also a date auction in the Rotunda at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Students volunteered to be auctioned off on a “date” for whoever in the crowd bid the most money. Participants either performed a small act on stage or stood while the speaker called off their information.
An ice cream social ended the night in the Marketplace from 10:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. It was $2 per bowl with unlimited toppings.
All week there was a throwback shirt sale, but it primarily took place on Wednesday, Oct. 24, where t-shirts cost $1 and crewnecks were $5 in the SA office from noon to 8 p.m.
The night ended with Mr. Phi Significant, a beauty pageant for male students run by Phi Sigma Sigma. SA organized “Minute-to-Win-It” games for $1 each, and Phi Sigma Sigma auctioned off goodie baskets.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the NSCS honors society had a Pie Smash from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. They collected change for volunteer professors, and whoever raised the most was pied by students outside the library.
Jasper’s Game Night took place in the evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Student Life Program Room. Jasper’s Game Day is the non-profit organization that put together the event. They had board games and Dungeons & Dragons available to play for $2 per person. They also sold BOV bundles at the event and gave out goodie bags.
“We’re an organization that raises money for suicide awareness,” Jasper’s Game Day creator Fenway Jones said. “We’re partnered with the American Association of Suicidology and actually have a worldwide game day May 11th.”
The night ended with a Halloween Bash costume contest, where students paid $5 admission in the Student Life Rotunda at 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26, Stardust Lanes hosted a Bowling Night from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission was $15.
Throughout the whole week, there were restaurant fundraisers, a silent auction, donation of meals and the selling of “Caged Louies.”
The traditional SVSU vs. Grand Valley football game took place on Saturday at 1 p.m., where Grand Valley won 31 – 28.