There Goes My Hero held its first college Bone Marrow Drive at Towson University on Friday, December 9th. The event, Music for Life Benefit Concert & Bone Marrow Drive, was organized by Amanda Friedberg, Hero’s fall semester intern who is graduating in January with a degree in Mass Communications.
Hundreds of Towson students came to the Student Union (Paws) that evening to enjoy the music and to learn more about what it means to register for the Bone Marrow Registry. The phrase of the evening was: “Swab a Cheek, Save a Life.” Student volunteers were trained to complete the swabbing process and were successful in swabbing 111 students that evening.
Also working on the event with Amanda Friedberg was fellow intern Lee Irvin, representing the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma. It was Phi Beta Sigma who hosted the event on behalf of Hero, obtaining Paws on our behalf. Jenna Discepolo, from Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, helped Amanda and Lee with promotion, marketing, and volunteer recruitment. The University’s Student Government Association was also instrumental in providing assistance with event logistics. Ashleigh Coffelt, another Hero intern involved with social media and film projects, conducted a skype interview with Isabel Hagen, the bone marrow donor for our beloved Founder and Chairman, Erik Sauer.
Three local bands and one solo artist donated performances that evening and wowed the crowd with very distinct and diverse musical styles. The bands and soloist included: Coolhand and the Swagger, Jimmy Solesky, Fiction 20Down, and Jesters of Kindness.
Other generous donations came from Marshall Swagger Presents, Klassic Sound, Suitcha T-Shirt Design, Cameleon Designs, Seasons Pizza-Towson, Trader Joe’s, Wegman’s, Utz, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Multi Data Services Corp., and Raw Revolution. In addition, DKMS Americas provided all of the swab kits and promotional items, as well as printing of marketing flyers.
A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED WITH THE MUSIC FOR LIFE BENEFIT!