November 20, 2008

Owens Findlay-area Campus Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar Raises Over $1,100 in Support of Cancer Research

FINDLAY, OH – Hundreds of area residents recently began their holiday shopping a little early and supported cancer research and awareness in the process as Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus’ Students Involved organization hosted its second annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar. The daylong event resulted in the student group raising over $1,100 for the Hancock County Relay for Life.

“Owens’ Students Involved organization is proud to work with the American Cancer Society and help raise money for cancer research through events such as Relay for Life,” said Sabrina Rodabaugh, Owens Student President for the Students Involved organization.

Janet Tornow, Owens Students Involved Advisor and cancer survivor, added, “Our goal is to inspire people to keep believing that a cure for cancer will soon be found. I want thank all those individuals who made this year’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar a huge success, and I encourage people to continue to promote cancer awareness.”

The Holiday Arts and Crafts Bazaar featured an array of vendors selling various gift items and holiday d√ącor. Items on hand for sale included holiday ornaments and crafts, as well as rugs, jewelry, pottery, baby blankets, purses, soaps, candles and Tupperware. Attendees could also purchase assorted baked goods, including hard candies and pies, among many other edible delights.

Established in 1985, Relay for Life was created to offer communities a unique, empowering and fun way to assist in the fight against cancer. Today, as the American Cancer Society’s signature event, approximately 4,800 communities and 23 countries participate in the cancer awareness fundraiser.

The American Cancer Society is the nation’s leading community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by prevention, saving lives and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy and service.

The College’s Students Involved is comprised of individuals on the Findlay-area Campus that are constantly initiating new projects and events that cater to the interests of Owens’ student body and the surrounding communities.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit