GAISU raises $3,439 for Relay for Life

This year’s Relay for Life saw Golden Apple ISU double their efforts from last year! From individual team member fundraising, team donations, change collections, and the proceeds from the pillow sale the night of Relay, our team has raised a grand total of $3,439! This placed our team of 18 Gapples  in fourth place for teams at Relay for Life at ISU this year. A big thank you is in order for ’10 Scholar Kevin Glabowicz, who raised the most for our team at $1,570!

2014 saw a change from the last few years as Relay for Life was held outside on the quad. There was perfect weather to stay up all night walking, celebrating our efforts, and continuing to raise money until dawn. We sold almost all of our pillows made by Nate Titus’ Grandma June! The raffles were a great success, with every winner receiving a Domfather shirt from last year’s Relay and some candy or goodies for their classroom. The highlight of the night was certainly the intense series of foursquare games that our team played!

Our incredible efforts made a huge difference in the ongoing fight to end the devastation of cancer. Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of cancer or find it early, when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services to cancer patients throughout their journey. The organization is investing in crucial research to  prevent, treat, and ultimately, cure all cancers. We feel that it is our honor and duty as future educators to do our part in helping the American Cancer Society to ensure that less and less people, including our future students, are affected by this disease.

Our team’s photo album for Relay for Life 2014 can be found here.

We will participate in Relay for Life again next spring, and we look forward to rising to this challenge once again. We hope that we can continue to make a difference and help to finish the fight!

Relay for Life Update

10013788_10203515038455996_5248306262623161081_nRelay for Life is only days away! We are so proud of all of our team members for raising $2,900 and continuing their efforts over these last few days. Incredible work!

There is still time to donate! Submit cash or check to a Golden Apple ISU Relay for Life team member or donate online with a credit card on our team page here. Cash, checks, and even pocket change may be brought the night of Relay, which is Friday, April 25th at 6:00pm.

To the right is the design for our team shirts for 2014:

We invite all Gapples, both on and off the team, to attend our Spring picnic at People’s Park at 4:00pm on Friday. After enjoying pizza. we will all head over to the quad for Relay!

We will be having a raffle at the top of each hour. Members must be there to win, so it’s important to stay the whole night. The prizes get better and better each hour! Every raffle prize also has a bonus inside, so you definitely want these!

In the event that it rains, please not that Relay will likely be relocated to Redbird Arena, where it has been held in past years. Look for updates on Twitter and Facebook for this announcement.

10157222_10202517377473861_6258755961071460614_nA map of the quad for Relay, as well as our own team’s location, is pictured to the left.

The red arrow points to our location, which is in “District 12.” Use this map to find various locations the night of Relay. Please note the white arrows, which show the main Relay for Life track, as well as the locations of the stage, obstacle course, etc!

Don’t forget to bring money to use to buy some of the goodies that will be sold by various teams! Golden Apple ISU, for example, is selling ISU and sports themed pillows handmade by Nathan Titus’ grandma, like last year. Since these were such a big hit, she has made plenty this year! Note that if you want to buy one, they go quickly!

Bring blankets to sit on the grass or lawn chairs, but do not expect to take any naps! Relay is a very fun event that will keep us busy with obstacle courses, live performances, and meaningful demonstrations for cancer! Because of this, it is important to come early and leave as late as possible. You may also want to bring caffeine, though our team will provide some food and drink as usual.

Team members may RSVP to our Facebook event here to get more updates as we get closer to Friday.

Thank you all for your hard work, and continue to raise money for this great cause!

Relay for Life Update

This year’s Relay for Life event is coming up soon! Everyone has done an excellent job so far raising money. We have done so well, in fact, that Golden Apple ISU is currently in the lead at Illinois State University for funds raised with over $2,000! That is double our goal! Great job, everyone; you’re helping to end the fight against cancer! Keep it up until April, and be sure to thank everyone who has donated!


Now that the night of Relay is getting closer, it is time to make preparations. Nathan Titus’ grandmother has made an abundance of the quick-selling heart-shaped pillows that we sold at Relay last year. These will be in ISU and sports teams colors and will go for $10 each. If you want to buy one, now might be a good time to reserve one as these go very fast the night of Relay! Contact Nathan Titus to reserve a pillow.

Also, Community Service Chair Alysa White requests that everyone who is planning on doing Relay signs up for our team AND pays the minimum $10 donation by no later than Friday, March 21st. The following day, team shirts will be ordered. These will feature the Golden Apple ISU logo that we feature on our website! So, if you want to be on our team and get a shirt, please be sure that you sign up online by clicking “Join Our Team” here.

Keep up the fund raising, and great job! This is already our best year of Relay for Life yet! Keep making a difference.

School Supply Drive with U of I

From now until April 12th, we are collaborating with Golden Apple Illini on community service! Here at ISU, we will conduct a school supply drive; at UIUC, they will conduct a book drive. On April 12th, both RSOs will gather on ISU’s campus to organize everything we’ve collected for donation. We will then go out to dinner to celebrate our efforts together! Until then, spread the word and collect as many supplies as you can. For your convenience, feel free to bring supplies to the March meeting. For questions and to donate at other times, contact Community Service Chair Alysa White.

Golden Apple ISU Relays For Life in 2014

finiIt’s the Spring semester, and that means it’s time to get excited for Relay for Life!

Relay for Life is an incredible event which raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Golden Apple ISU is proudly participating in ISU’s Relay For Life event this year! It will take place on Friday, April 25th in Redbird Arena. At the event, our team will camp out overnight, walking the track in the arena and selling goods to other students and staff.  All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Golden Apple ISU will hold raffles and other fun activities during the actual night of Relay. We are also looking for members to participate in the Air Band competition and the Relay Olympics. We are hoping that this year will be our FOURTH year running as Relay Olympics Champions! There are always performances, vigils, and fun to celebrate and help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Join our team to be a part of this life changing night!

GAISU members are encouraged to join the team, and all are welcome to make donations. Links for donating or joining our team can be found on our Team Page.

Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. Our team is doing our part to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life.

Interested in getting more involved in Relay? Join the Service Committee!

For questions on Relay for Life, contact Community Service Chair, Alysa White.

Community Service: Bring it Back to Normal

Looking for a way to give back to the Normal community? Join us as we participate in Bring it Back to Normal, September 28th from 9am-1pm. Volunteers will do various service activities to better the city of Normal. It is very important that if you sign up you attend. Contact Community Service chair Alysa White for any questions, and let her know that you are participating here. To sign up as a volunteer, click here

Sheridan Grade School Community Service Event

Come and begin the year with a fun community service opportunity! We will be volunteering with the Children’s Discovery Museum at Sheridan Grade School. The description as given to Community Service Chair Alysa White reads: “Join the CDM at Sheridan Grade School and lead fun arts and science activities during their big back to school celebration.” There are two shifts to volunteer: 10am-1pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm. This event takes place at the school, not the museum. Please contact Alysa or write on the Facebook group if you would like to attend, what time shift you want to do, and if you can drive, by Monday, August 26.