Celebrate LIFE: A Game with a Purpose

Globe University-Appleton was a sponsor for the “Celebrate LIFE” fundraiser benefiting the Community Benefit Tree.The Community Benefit Tree is 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to celebrate people’s lives and provide support during a medical crisis. They help family, friends, and co-workers plan a “Celebration of Support” event for their loved one who is ill. This one day event helps the family raise funds they can then use for living and medical expenses. Community Benefit Tree also provides education, support, resources and financial assistance for families struggling with a medical crisis.

Rachel Romatoski and Gina Havlovick (left to right)

Rachel Romatoski and Gina Havlovick (left to right)

The “Celebrate LIFE” fundraiser had participants play a life-size game of LIFE in order to develop an understanding of daily expenses, especially for an individual experiencing a medical crisis. Director of admissions Gina Havlovick and admissions representative Rachel Romatoski manned the “Education” table for this game. The event also included a silent auction and food sampling from local vendors.

About the fundraiser Havlovick noted “This is my third year working a booth at this event and it is my favorite event of the year! The Community Benefit Tree is such a wonderful organization which fills a need in our community. It is truly inspiring to see everyone come together for one night and try to raise funds to continue to support families in need in the Fox Valley.” Romatoski added, “playing a ‘life-sized’ game of life was a fun way to help understand medical financial struggles from a different perspective. I was happy to donate to the cause and I won my first silent auction!”

Several other GU-Appleton staff members were able to attend. Associate Dean Brandon Pannier said “The event had a great energy.  It is important to help others in need and give to charity, but if you can do it while playing a life-sized version of a board game, it’s a plus! It was great to see so many organizations from the community come together to help others.  Also, the community food vendors were fantastic.”

Written by Amanda Loewen, Service Learning Coordinator at Globe University – Appleton. Amanda teaches several classes each quarter and works with non-profit organizations within the Appleton community to assist the organization with their needs while providing students with applicable learning opportunities.