Go ahead, gather up all the extra change on your car’s floorboard from those late-night McDonald’s runs — it’s time to give that cold, hard cash to a better cause than Big Macs.
UCF Homecoming is set to host its annual Coin Wars fundraising event at the Student Union on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. And for the first time ever, Homecoming will host an additional Coin Wars event at the Rosen campus, where there will be a competition between faculty and students, said Adi Graff, Homecoming’s 2015 philanthropy director. The event for the Rosen campus will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We’re really hoping to help Rosen get involved this year,” said Graff, a senior advertising-public relations major.
Registered organizations and teams participating in Homecoming will battle each other at the Coin Wars event on UCF’s main campus.
In 2014, organizations such as LEAD Scholars, the women’s water polo team, the Black Student Union and the Residence Hall Association took part in the clash of coins.
Although it is the registered teams who will step up to the frontlines, Graff emphasized that any student is welcome to contribute to the cause. In the end, all proceeds will be given to Knight-Thon, which benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
For the event on Oct. 22, each participating organization will receive a jug to decorate to his or her liking, and the organization with the best-decorated jug will receive points toward its Homecoming week total.
Graff said the organization or team with the most points will be announced the following Wednesday.
Cash of any type is accepted, and all have different values. Silver coins such as nickels, dimes and quarters count in favor of the team, while pennies remain neutral and don’t count. U.S. dollar bills of any value will count against the team and take away from its overall total.
But although this competition places an emphasis on a crusade for coins, every penny really does count, as all the coins add up quickly.
“Last year, Coin Wars raised $10,000,” said David Oglethorpe, communication coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement.
And while there is no specific fundraising goal set for Coin Wars, Graff said they are hoping to raise more money from the event than last year.
“We’re hoping to help Knight-Thon reach their goal,” Graff said. “At the end of the day, we’re doing this to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.”
Knight-Thon’s fundraising goal for 2016 is $820,000. In 2015, the dance marathon surpassed its original goal of $500,000 and raised $688,049.19.
Danielle Hendrix is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByDaniHendrix or email her at DanielleH@centralfloridafuture.com.