Students in the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics Master of Business Administration program and golfing enthusiasts recently teed it up for a good cause.

A golf tournament fundraiser, organized by MBA students, brought in more than $2,500 to benefit Stepping Stones, a local nonprofit that assists people with disabilities. The event, held at the Mountaineer Golf course, drew more than 50 players from the local community along with students.

This is the first year that the MBA class has hosted a charity event, said Megan Harper, an MBA student from Vienna, W.Va. WVU students planned the fundraiser as part of a program requirement for 30 hours of community service.

While a good deal of work was put into this event, especially by the students on the leadership committee, it was rewarding to see the finished product produced by the MBA class as a whole,she said.Not only were we able to donate over $2,500 to Stepping Stones, but we were also able to provide a fun day of golf for members of the local community.

As a class, we gained the valuable experience of working together as a team to accomplish a common goal and learned the importance of giving back to the community after we graduate and begin our careers,Harper added.

The MBA class provided a cookout for the participants after the tournament and awarded raffle prizes, including a football autographed by Pat White.

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