Rocky’s Raisers brings competition to fundraising by using piggy banks

Published by adviser, Author: Conor Frampton - Rocket Contributor, Date: September 5, 2013
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The second year of Rocky’s Raisers’ Piggy Bank Campaign is underway on campus; participating requires nothing more than some spare change and it could result in winning some prizes.

The Piggy Bank Challenge is a means for students to turn their spare change into valuable donations to SRU or their club or organization.

Rocky’s Raisers is the organization behind student-supported donations to the college and the group in charge of The Piggy Bank Challenge.

Kim Arntz and Hanna Lindsey, both co-presidents of Rocky’s Raisers, explained the system behind the piggybank campaign.

Students purchase a piggy bank for a dollar and fill it up with their spare change. At the end of the semester they will receive an e-mail with instructions to turn in their collected change, they get to keep the piggy bank. The money collected goes towards scholarships for SRU students.

“Last year we raised enough money to offer five $500 scholarships to students” Lindsay said.

The money doesn’t necessarily have to go to scholarships though; students may designate a club or organization to receive their donations instead. There is also the potential for a club or organization to use The Piggy Bank Campaign as a means of fundraising for themselves. By having their members each keep a piggy bank and designating the club as the receiver of the donations, there is a potential for substantial fundraising. Last year’s participating clubs raised several hundred dollars apiece.

Students are also encouraged to keep a personal piggy bank for The Piggy Bank Challenge.

“We offer plenty of prizes for students participating in the challenge” Arntz stated. “We have random drawings throughout the semester and at the end we randomly draw for a $25 Sheetz gift card, a $20 Elephant and Castle gift card and a $10 Primanti’s gift card.”

There are also unique chances for prizes, like the recent “Pimp Your Pig” event where students were asked to decorate their piggy bank and the one voted by the students to look the best received a $10 Giant Eagle gift card.

Students looking to participate can find the Rocky’s Raisers table at all the major welcome back functions happening in the coming weeks around campus. Likewise, the Rocky’s Raisers office is located at 011 Old Main and is open normal business hours.

Organizations looking to utilize the piggy bank challenge should call 724-738-2197 or email annualgiving@sru.edu.  For more information, rockysraisers.com and the group’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages all also provide information on the event and forthcoming events as well.

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