The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has made a $2,000 donation to WVU Children’s Hospital as the result of a fundraiser the business school held during Random Acts of Kindness Week earlier this year.

The week-long fundraiser is a College wellness initiative. The money was raised through direct donations and a “Cupcake-gram” Valentine’s Day sale. Faculty, staff and students purchased cupcakes for co-workers, classmates, friends or for themselves, to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. Donors could have a special message attached for the cupcake recipient.

WVU Children’s Hospital representatives Bobby Nicholas, manager of development programs, and Lora Edgell, development officer/Children’s Miracle Network Director, accepted the donation at a check presentation and reception at the College on April 16.

“I’d like to congratulate the college on this joint effort,” said “Jose “Zito Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean. “It is wonderful when we come together as a college for a great cause.”

Sartarelli, who retired from a 30-year career in the health care industry in 2010 and became dean later that year, matched the donations in the college to double the total donation to $2,000.

“It was a great way to combine raising money for children and sharing kindness with co-workers,” said Lana Cantoni, senior administrative assistant for the College of B&E. “It was an opportunity to serve for a great cause.” Cantoni organized the fundraiser along with fellow administrative assistant Gina Bernazzoli.

It was truly a collaborative affair headed by Bernazzoli and Cantoni and supported by the B&E administration. Information Technology manager Carole Kiger donated all of the cupcakes, staff members volunteered their time to prepare the cupcakes for delivery and student volunteers delivered the cupcake-grams to their appropriate destination.

“We love the team effort, the giving back, the Random Acts of Kindness. What a win-win,” said Edgell.

WVU Children’s Hospital is the only Children’s Miracle Network facility in West Virginia, and provides healthcare to more than 100,000 kids each year from all 55 West Virginia counties and surrounding states, many of whom have no health insurance.

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CONTACT: Patrick Gregg, WVU College of Business and Economics; 304.293.5131