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Nolan Van Damme (left), Labovitz School of Business and Economics, and Scot Rochon (right), Pharmacy, join Champ in a snow angel practice session.

UMD Students Join Angels for a Cause Effort

Get ready to flop down in the snow and wave your arms and legs to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia and help break the Guinness World Record for making snow angels.

Abby Mlinar  
Senior marketing major Abby Mlinar is working with various UMD student organizations to generate record-breaking participation in the Make Your Mark: Angels for a Cause event.  

Duluth Rotarians and Proctor High School students are trying to bring 9,000 people to the University of Minnesota Duluth to set a record. UMD student Abby Mlinar has joined effort.

Mlinar says the event is about more than just breaking a record. It's about raising funds for a Global Team for Local Initiatives (GLTI) fresh water project with the Hamar tribe in Ethiopia.

Make Your Mark: Angels for a Cause will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Malosky Stadium. Gates open at 9:30 am and angels start at 11 am. Preregistration and donations are requested.

Mlinar, a senior marketing major, is a member of UMD's Beta Lamba Psi, a social sorority. She has been working with the student activities advisor Christina Geissler 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 this year's Bulldog Welcome Week.

“There is a recommended donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. People that purchase the ticket online will be entered to win a $1,000 cash prize,” Mlinar said. “It's really important to focus on the non-profit because all the money that will be raised will go toward education and clean water for the tribe.”

Mlinar got involved because she knows one of the Duluth Rotarian organizers, Crystal Taylor. “She asked me to help out with the event because I have a lot of experience working with events and social media marketing," said Mlinar.

The current record is 8,963 snow angels, set in North Dakota. Mlinar is determined to get a good representation from UMD. “It is an incredible event, a good cause, an exciting opportunity to help, and it involves the whole community,” she said. “It’s gonna be great.”

Make Your Mark | Web Page | Video | Facebook Page | UMD Feb. 5 Alworth Presentation on Ethiopia

Global Team for Local Initiatives

Written by Madiha Mirza, January 2013

  Those Who Can, Duluth
UMD student Madiha Mirza makes a snow angel with Champ.    


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