by Zoe Trombley, NAMA PR Chair – The National Agri-Marketing Association at SUNY Cobleskill is still a fairly young group (created last year), but a very active one nonetheless. This fall, they decided to take on several community projects: a trip to a homeless shelter in Albany, a pumpkin sale on campus, and finally, a fundraising event for a breast cancer center.
On October 15th, five SUNY Cobleskill NAMA club members and their advisor went to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany, NY to make a nutritious and filling meal for the guests the shelter serves. The club took the makings of baked penne pasta, Greek salad, bread, and cookies for dessert for about 30 diners. Besides preparing the food, the volunteers set the table for guests, washed the dinner dishes and cleaned the kitchen. The club members said they found it to be a very rewarding and enriching experience for everyone involved because they felt that they had made a difference even for one meal for the dinner-goers. It also turned into a great bonding experience for us as members, officers and students.
The NAMA Club’s second annual pumpkin sale started with the help of those pictured who volunteered their time to pick 200 beautiful pumpkins donated locally by the Supp farm. Pumpkins were sold outside Prentice Café on weekdays from October 19th until October 30th. Many club members and officers helped to sell and transport pumpkins daily. This year’s profits will be used to help send the club’s competitive marketing team to Kansas City for the national competition in April.
In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, NAMA hosted two Breast Cancer Awareness events. On Tuesday, October 27th, NAMA raffled off items in relation to Breast Cancer Awareness, including beauty baskets, custom cheesecakes and “pink” baskets – all raffles were donated from the various agriculture clubs on campus. In addition to the raffle, Wednesday night, October 28th, NAMA hosted a kickball tournament for agriculture clubs to play against the agriculture faculty. The support from all the various clubs and faculty members helped make this event a very successful one! Overall, NAMA was able to raise $400 that will be able to be donated to the St. Agatha’s Fund to help breast cancer patients pay their medical bills. These events strengthened the partnerships between the different Ag clubs and students, while raising money for a great cause.
If you want more information about how you can join NAMA in all of their great events, contact the club’s advisor, Dr. Sophie Winter email@example.com.