TCU Relay for Life club holds first fundraising event

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    Male TCU students came out to the Commons on Thursday night wearing dresses and heels to raise money for the university's Relay for Life club. 

    Five male volunteers walked around with purses and asked students to donate money to Relay for Life. The male that collected the most money was crowned the TCU "Ms. Relay" winner.

    Relay for Life is a national organization that consists of relay events to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    Raising Cane's, Smoothie King and Los Vaquero's set up tables and provided free food and beverages for volunteers and donors. 

    Jesus Contreras, a first-year theater production major and member of theCrew, said theCrew set up a table where students could decorate a free sports bottle to show support for the event. 

    Maggie Kane, co-president of the Relay for Life club, said the club held the event to increase the support for Relay for Life at the university. 

    "[Relay for Life] is really big in Fort Worth but not at TCU, so we tried to grow the TCU crowd by getting five or six guys willing to dress up in the cold," Kane said. 

    Kane said she wanted the event to bring more attention to the cause and also mentioned the club has not picked up at the university because it "hasn't hit the right crowd." 

    “People don’t know it exists, and I think that’s the biggest problem,” Kane said.

    Michael Matthis, a junior criminal justice major, volunteered and dressed up as a woman for the event.

    “I hope to raise some money for the American Cancer Society," Matthis said. "I mean, I came to raise money and to just do some good."

    Brad Horn, a first-year religion major, dressed up for the event and enjoyed the chance to try something different.

    “I have never felt more like a man in my life,” Horn said. “I just thought it’d be really fun. I was a theatre kid in high school and I haven’t had a chance to do something like this in a long, long time and I really want to help out.”

    Kane said the event raised between $300 and $400 for Relay for Life. The Relay for Life of Fort Worth, TX event will be held on April 27 at the Lockheed Martin recreational facilities.