Students in Andrew Cudmore’s Introduction to Marketing class made the difference for Promise in Brevard to win $10,000 last September. The 21 students participated in the Chase Community Giving Facebook competition by organizing a four-day campaign to solicit votes on campus and from everywhere else possible. The nonprofit Promise in Brevard, which supports and encourages people with disabilities, received votes from as far away as Iceland, Pakistan and Trinidad. The organization will put the funds toward a housing development for young adults with special needs.
“We are very proud of our students for supporting our community,” said Annie Becker, dean of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. The students, who needed to gather 1,000 Facebook votes, collected 1,357 votes to earn the donation.
“What started out as a class project turned into much more; the passion Dr. Cudmore’s class had toward making a difference was truly heartwarming. Listening to them tell the ‘Promise’ story over and over again to their fellow students was amazing,” said Betsy Farmer, co-founder of Promise in Brevard.