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CVM community comes together for festive, successful Give Back Challenge

Becky Callan (left), accepting on behalf of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center, which collected the most items for the Give Back Challenge; Dean Lorin D. Warnick, D.V.M., Ph.D. '94, center, presenting the awards; and Taylor Thompson, accepting on behalf of CVM Administration, which collected the most money for the Give Back Challenge.

Faculty, staff and students of the College of Veterinary Medicine gathered for a celebration of the culmination of the annual Give Back Challenge December 14. This year’s Give Back Challenge included the following impressive statistics:

  • Most items collected: Animal Health Diagnostic Center at 283, which will benefit the Ithaca Rescue Mission.
  • Most money raised: $432 by the CVM Administration, which will benefit the CUHA Patient Assistance Fund.
  • Winner of the baking competition’s People’s Choice Award: Michelle Nieman, who made miniature gingerbread cupcakes. The People’s Choice runner-up was Karuna Katariwala, who made cinnamon rolls.
  • Silent Auction: 21 people donated items they made for the Silent Auction, which raised $1,078 also for the CUHA Patient Assistance Fund.
  • Total amount raised for the CUHA Patient Assistance Fund: $1,510

The community also came together to write a total of 197 holiday cards that will be delivered to the veterans at the Syracuse VA Medical Center on December 22. CVM collected 687 non-perishable items to donate to the Food Pantry of the Southern Tier and the Schuyler County SPCA.

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s holiday activities such a success!

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