Cadets serve Lowcountry boil to raise money for VA Hospital
Members of the Pre-Health Society and the BioCid clubs combined forces to help veterans on Heroism Day. Cadets prepared and served a Lowcountry boil (shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn) on the patio of Mark Clark Hall to raise money for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Last week, the students presented the hospital with a check for $1,100.
Cadet Nicholas Slater, president of Pre-Health Society, planned and coordinated much of the event. Other cadets shopped, sold tickets, and chopped potatoes and sausage for the boil. Cadet Andrew Hancox, treasurer of the Pre-Health Society, made several trips out to the water to catch most of the shrimp himself. The students served more than 150 people.
“I think that everyone who volunteered for the shrimp boil learned that there’s more to helping people than just treating the symptoms of their problems,” said Slater. “Rather you must look holistically at a person’s needs and then address them.”
The cadets donated $500 for the hospital’s Social Work Fund which provides items like clothing to veterans. They also gave $600 in gas cards for patients who cannot afford transportation to and from the hospital. This was the first year of the event.
“We are proud to support the VA, and we hope to make this a Heroism Day tradition,” said Slater.