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Vintage Voices, James Hollister Wellness Foundation Win Grand Prizes at Do Good Challenge

April 28, 2017

Kaitlin Ahmad, 301-405-6360

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— Vintage Voices, a student project that uses music to improve the mental health and quality of life for the elderly, and the James Hollister Wellness Foundation, a student venture that saves viable medications for developing nations, each won $5,000 at the University of Maryland’s 2017 Do Good Challenge. Held on April 26 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, this year’s competition saw students raising funds and addressing issues ranging from sexual assault prevention to children’s health to medication recovery.

Photo of Do Good WinnersThe competition—now in its sixth year— inspires students from across campus to take a cause or issue they are passionate about and create the greatest social impact possible, locally and globally. There are two tracks in the competition: the project track, for student-run initiatives that consist of volunteering, fundraising and/or building awareness for a cause or organization; and the venture track, which features student-founded and student-run organizations whose efforts focus on taking their organizations to the next level.

Student groups Preventing Sexual Assault and Symbiont Health both placed second in the competition, receiving $2,500 for their cause, while Terp Thon and Kodactive came in third place, receiving $1,000 each.

During a showcase at the competition, semi-finalists for the Do Good Challenge pitched their projects to attendees for a chance to win the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences “Be the Solution” Showcase Audience Choice Award. Each attendee was able to invest a “Do Good Dollar” to help the team of their choice. Nourish: Mommy and Me and Running Water received the most “Do Good Dollars” and had the opportunity to pitch their project on stage during the finals. Through text voting, Nourish: Mommy and Me was awarded the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences “Be the Solution” Showcase Audience Choice Award, winning $1,000 to further their efforts. Running Water received the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences “Be the Solution” Showcase Audience Choice Runnerup Award, winning $750. 

In addition, the James Hollister Wellness Foundation and Symbiont Health received the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ “Be the Solution” Audience Choice Award and earned $1,500 each for their cause.

This year’s competition was judged by Sherrese Clark, managing director for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management; Kirsten Craft, program manager for the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Social Value Creation and 2015 Do Good Challenge Winner; and Rajiv Vinnakota, executive vice president of the Youth and Engagement Division of the Aspen Institute.