Team at YSU to raise funds for two hospitals



The first event will be Saturday morning, the second in early December.
By HAROLD GWIN
VINDICATOR EDUCATION WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- A newly formed student recruitment team at Youngstown State University will hold Walk for Hope: 2005 to raise money for Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Penguin Icebreakers, based out of the YSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, will hold a four-hour walk from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday to try to raise $2,000 for Tod Children's Hospital.
The 30 student members of the group and their supporters will walk in relays from Sweeney Hall on campus up Fifth Avenue to Gypsy Lane and then to the hospital.
The walkers will be collecting donations along the way and will tour the hospital, handing out stuffed animals to the patients.
The Tod benefit is a prelude to a 36-hour, 100-mile walk from campus to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on Dec. 2 and 3.
The goal for that event is $20,000.
The former Phi Theta Phi fraternity at Thiel College in Greenville used to make that 100-mile trek every year and raised more than $1 million for the hospital over 35 years. However, the fraternity was disbanded about three years ago.
Todd Pilipovich, YSU admissions coordinator and Icebreakers adviser, was a member of Phi Theta Phi and participated in some of those annual walks.
Invited to join
Icebreakers has invited the Phi Theta Phi Alumni Association to participate in YSU's first walk to Pittsburgh, Pilipovich said.
The walkers will be seeking sponsors for that trek but will also be collecting donations as they travel.
The walk will begin at Sweeney Hall, go south on South Avenue to Boardman, east on Route 224 to Poland and then east on Route 411 to New Castle before turning south toward Pittsburgh.
Walkers will stay overnight at a church in Freeport, Pa., before finishing the walk with a tour of the hospital Dec. 3.
The two walks are taking place during the holiday season as a reminder of the importance of giving back to the community. All donations will go directly to each hospital. Donations can be made by check payable to Tod's Children's Hospital or The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Members of Icebreakers are also selling T-shirts and making other fund-raising efforts, including selling Simon Mall Youth Foundation discount shopping tickets for use at select stores in the Southern Park Mall on Sunday.
The tickets are $10 and the Walk for Hope gets $7 from each sale. The discount tickets can only be used this Sunday, Pilipovich said.
For more information, contact the walk chairman, Christopher McKee Jr., at (330) 941-2235 or Todd Pilipovich at (330) 941-2000.
gwin@vindy.com

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