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Leadership Studies Students Raise $7,000 to Help Veterans

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Students enrolled in LED 411, Contemporary Applications of Leadership, presented checks for $7,000 to Kim Munley, national president for Step Up For Soldiers, during final course presentations in Friday Annex on April 29.

The students continued with the ongoing LED 411 Leadership Challenge project to raise funds for Step Up for Soldiers as part of the course requirement to apply their academic knowledge in service to the military community. Students hosted a series of events in partnership with local merchants including Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, Trolly Stop Hot Dogs, Mission BBQ, McAlister’s Deli, Fermental and Low Tide Pub. They also sold a signature limited-edition water bottle produced by local company CSI Promotions and collected monetary and prize donations from over thirty additional businesses and individuals.

Leadership Studies coordinator Joanne Nottingham said students surprised her with the final tally of funds they had raised shortly before the presentation. “It’s a phenomenal amount of money to raise over the course of one semester,” she said. “This particular class is exceptional in so many ways including their remarkably effective collaborative leadership throughout the project’s 8-week timeline.”

Tom Russell founded Step Up for Soldiers in Wilmington in 2004 to help local disabled veterans. The organization serves all five branches of the military, offering funding to those who need financial assistance as well as home modifications, family support and more.

Kim Munley, originally from Carolina Beach, is best known as the heroic police sergeant who confronted a gunman after he went on a shooting rampage at the Ft. Hood (TX) Army base in 2009. After returning home, Munley joined Step Up for Soldiers in 2015. 

For information on Step Up for Soldiers visit http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org.

For information on Leadership Studies, visit https://www.uncw.edu/ed/el/leader.