Shack-a-Thon hits fundraising goals for Habitat for Humanity

October 1, 2013
By Bill Krueger

Last week, campus organizations built and manned wooden shacks in the Brickyard for Shack-a-Thon, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. By Sunday, the event had already broken its fundraising record, collecting more than $28,500 in donations.

Though the shacks came down Saturday afternoon, the fundraising effort continues through Oct. 5 with online and mail-in donations.

The Caldwell Fellows, a leadership-development scholarship program, have already met their goal of $4,000, raising more than $4,300 by Saturday afternoon.

“I feel great about this past week,” says Summer Higdon, a senior in wildlife biology and leader of the Fellows’ Shack-a-Thon effort. “Once the shack went up, everyone got 10 times more excited about it.”

Higdon says she expects to receive a few more donations from alumni during the week and feels confident that the Caldwell Fellows will continue their streak of top-three Shack-a-Thon finishes this year.

To contribute to Habitat for Humanity through the Caldwell Fellows, visit

— Alex Sanchez


The Caldwell Fellows program is an intensive leadership-development scholarship program that was created by the Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell.


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