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Grainger Goes Pink to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday, October 8, 2010

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Wisconsin School of Business spread awareness with an innovative week of programming as part of Grainger Goes Pink, a celebration and fundraiser four years in the running founded by Jon Fasoli, BBA Finance '09, who had a family member with the illness. This year's event was organized by the Wisconsin Business Student Collaborative, the new student government for the undergraduate program of the Wisconsin School of Business.

"Jon wanted to do something as a [student] government to give back," said Matt Beemsterboer, business student and president of the WBSC. "So, we're carrying on his tradition by draping the atrium in pink balloons and ribbons, and asking business students to volunteer their time and donate their dollars for this much too familiar cause." Beemsterboer and his co-founder, Joe Antolik, hope to raise $2,000, which they estimate at just over $1 per business student.

Former Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame cornerback LeRoy Butler visited Morgridge Auditorium on Thursday, October 14, to talk about his foundation, the LeRoy Butler Foundation, which gives money to those suffering or recovering from breast cancer in Wisconsin. Autographed memorabilia of the Packers legend was available before and after the lecture.

Throughout the week, Grainger Goes Pink volunteers sold pink t-shirts and wristbands and raffle tickets at tables in Grainger Hall's West Atrium. Raffle prizes included gift cards to Sconnie and University Bookstore, Camp Randall posters, and more.

WBSC consists of four elected officers as well as eight class representatives from pre-business, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes, and also one non-voting member from the new Freshman Interest Group.