To say Boston College students are some of the best in the nation would be correct, but when it comes to fundraising for the National MS Society, they are THE best in the nation!
A team of four BC students teamed up with Muzi Ford (muziford.com) in Needham, MA to take on the Ford College Ambassador Challenge. They competed locally against teams from Boston University and Northeastern University. Each team had to complete three challenges associated with business, marketing, and philanthropy.
“I like marketing, I like cars; I thought it would be fun,” said team leader Chris Khan, a graduate student from Brooklyn, NY.
He also loves his mother – which is why when the team had to decide on a charity to benefit from the philanthropy challenge, Chris chose the National MS Society.
“My mom has MS.”
The philanthropy challenge involved getting as many people as possible to test drive a Ford vehicle on campus on March 21, 2014. For each person who took a test drive, Ford would donate $20.00 to MS. The team organized the event and promoted it to other students and alums through social media.
“I think we were always very confident in ourselves,” said team member Anthony Marte, a BC senior from South Bronx, NY.
Team member Lisa Chiriboga, a junior from Chicago said they didn’t tell people about Chris’s mom, but she had an effect on their fundraising. “Definitely more of a personal motivation,” said Chiriboga.
The team raised a whopping $4,040 for MS, not only beating the two other local teams, but also every other team in the country!
“These kids are truly the brightest and best out there,” said Ford Motor Company regional manager Philip Podgorny. “I’m really proud of them.”
At a check presentation at Muzi Ford on May 6, 2014, Liz Strawn of the National MS Society (MSnewengland.org) thanked the students for their efforts on behalf of the 19,000 people in the area who will benefit from the donation. “This is proving them hope,” said Strawn.
Team member Matthew Nacier, a senior from Highland Village, TX said they learned a lot about business from the Ford College Ambassador Challenge, but that wasn’t the only lesson. It taught them, “not just about Ford, but how to be better young people,” he said.
Neal Cammarano, owner of Muzi Ford said he and his team were grateful to take part in the program.
“Some things are just great things to get involved with. We didn’t do it for marketing; it’s just a great thing to do.”