FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With funds raised during the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Ballers' Ball in January, senior soccer players Alana D'Onofrio and Lauren Weaver and Assistant AD for Acadmics Pam Lowie presented a check of $600 to the Murdoch Community Center Thursday night. It was the latest example of the Lumberjacks making a difference in the community.
The Ballers' Ball was an event organized by the NAU SAAC which included games, a photo booth, food and dancing for all of the Lumberjack student-athletes in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Celebration on Jan. 22. Over 200 student-athletes attended the Ball and the SAAC was able to raise money which was to be directed towards the Murdoch Center.
"SAAC decided we wanted to choose somebody to donate some our profits to and we chose the Murdoch Center because as SAAC, we like to give back to the community and the Murdoch Center is perfect," D'Onofrio said. "They literally give back to the community in any way possible with activities and they do so much for the underprivileged. They were very grateful and we told them that we are here for them in the future."
The Murdoch Community Center is an intergenerational and multicultural center reflecting different cultures and it proves activities and events that build community involvement. Through SAAC's outreach, SAAC hopes to establish a stronger bond between the Murdoch Center and Northern Arizona University through volunteering and other opportunities.