It is that time of year again - time for WAKE 'N SHAKE! This year marks the 15th anniversary of this event, which is truly incredible and I am so beyond excited to see how it turns out. For those of you who do not know what Wake 'N Shake is, here is a run down.
This 12 hour dance marathon hosted by Wake Forest University raises money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. This event not only helps raise funds for cancer research, but it also raises awareness and brings the community together for one day to support, love, and care for one another. Over 1500 dancers, faculty, and Winston-Salem community members participate throughout the day. Last year we were able to raise $430,000 for the fund, which I am incredibly proud of our community for.
As many of you know, Wake 'N Shake has been such an impactful and important event throughout my college experience. I participated as a dancer my freshman year, a committee member for the Morale team my sophomore year, and an Entertainment Executive Team Member the last two years. Alongside Zack Schutt and Mike Klausner, our job is to book all of the entertainment for the event. I have loved serving on the executive team for this event and I will dearly miss it.
This year marks my last year being able to participate in the same capacity that I have. As college comes to an end, I find myself thinking about my future and what type of legacy I want to leave at Wake and in my life. One of my goals is to raise $1,500+ this year for Wake 'N Shake. Cancer has affected everyone in some way, shape, or form, and I want to continue making a difference as we fight this disease.
One of the people I am dancing for this year is someone I met throughout my time here at Wake Forest. His story is truly astounding and has been one of the reasons why I wanted to become involved in Wake 'N Shake in the first place. He has impacted my college experience from start to finish in the most positive way. He taught me to always live each day like it is actually your last. I am fortunate that he is in my life and that he has helped me grow so much as a person.
EVERY donation makes a difference, no matter how small or how large. If you could help me achieve my goal by March 21, I would be so appreciative. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!