What happens when over 9,000 people lay in the snow and wave their arms and legs simultaneously? Hopefully breaking the world record for making the most snow angels at once while raising money for a good cause. Duluth Club 25 Rotarians, partnered with Proctor High School DECA students, will host “Make Your Mark: Angels for a Cause” on February 9 on the UMD campus.
The road to breaking a world record began with a team of Proctor High School DECA students creating a non-profit business called Drops of HOPE. Drops of HOPE’s mission is to help solve the water crisis for the 1.1 billion people who do not have access to clean drinking water. To raise money for clean water, they held a community event called What It Takes. The event featured top vocalists in the Northland and a guest star performance by Tim Mahoney, who competed on NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice. Through ticket sales at What It Takes, donations, and matching grants, a total of $22,000 was raised. This built five and a half wells for the Hamar Village in Southern Ethiopia; therefore, supplying 5,500 people with clean drinking water.
They continue their efforts towards solving the water crisis with the “Make Your Mark: Angels for a Cause” event. DECA, in partnership with Duluth Rotary Club 25 and several other service organizations, are promoting “Make Your Mark” with intentions of raising $28,000 to supply 7,000 more people with clean drinking water.
“We are excited to partner with students from Prcotor DECA to host this extreme event for such an amazing global cause,” said Crystal Taylor, public relations committee chair for Rotary of Duluth Club 25. “Our club hopes to see the entire community at this exciting, one-of-a-kind event.”
The fundraiser will include entertainment, treats and fun activities for all ages. Local celebrity guests include, Dan Hanger, anchor at FOX 21 News, and Kevin Jacobsen, anchor at Northland NewsCenter as emcees, along with honorary guests Mayor Don Ness, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin, Senator Roger Reinert, and City Councilors Dan Hartman and Emily Larson to facilitate the countdown at the start of the event.
The gates open at 9:30 am on that Saturday morning. At 11:00 am, it is hoped that 9,000 people will start making snow angels at the same time. The goal is twofold: to break the current world record listed in the Guinness Book of World Records held by North Dakota when they made 8,963 snow angels in 2007, and at the same time, to raise money for Global Team for Local Initiatives (GTLI) which supports the indigenous people in Ethiopia affected by climate change. One hundred percent of the profits raised from Make Your Mark will provide clean water to the Hamar people in Ethiopia.
UMD senior marketing major, Abby Milnar, has jumped on board the effort. Milnar is determined to get a good representation from UMD. She has been working with UMD student activities advisor, Christina Giessler, to get student organizations involved, including Greek Life, the Student Association, and resident advisors in Housing and Residence Life. She contacted the Office for Students in Transition (SIT) to invite all of the Rock Stars who helped with the fall 2012 Bulldog Welcome Week.
“It is an incredible event, a good cause, an exciting opportunity to help, and it involved the whole community,” Milnar said. “It’s going to be great.”
Organizers suggest a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family to participate in the event. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of the event, or online ahead of time. Attendees who purchase a ticket online prior to the event will automatically be entered to win a $1,000 cash prize. The winner will be selected at random on the day of the event. There’s still plenty of time to get your pre-registration for the “Make Your Mark” event in before February 9!
Want to learn more about Make Your Mark? Take a peek at this video.