Freshman Forum uses dance to support local veteran group

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Students gave to a good cause and showed off their dance moves during a fundraising dance marathon created by the Freshman Forum.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, members of the Freshman Forum and TROY’s student body took to the dance floor during the “Whirl for WarHawgs” dance marathon. The event aimed to raise money for Dothan-based WarHawgs veterans group.

“Tonight all the ticket sales, sponsorships that we’ve also accumulated are going to go straight to WarHawgs, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization,” aid event coordinator Caleb Smith. “They deal with veterans, first responders, and military who have PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and other types of physical and mental disabilities.”

Freshman Forum’s president and students said they were grateful for the opportunity to give back to their community.

“It’s really awesome just to give back to the community both here and in Dothan,” Freshman Forum President Madison McElrath said.

Although student groups often hold fundraisers for various events, the dance-styled fundraiser seemed to strike a chord with students.

“This is the very first time we’ve ever done a Dance Marathon or any type of dance event,” said event coordinator Caleb Smith. “We’re very excited to get the ball rolling with this.”

Students told TrojanVision they prefer this type of event because of its easy-going environment.

“I’ve been to a couple banquets here and it just feels like it’s a chore to come to stuff like that,” said student Garret Canterbury. “it’s just boring to pull up in like a suit and everything. it’s more free when this type of stuff.”

To learn more about the Freshman Forum, click here. You can learn more about WarHawgs by visiting the group’s website.