NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

COG Involves Community in Fundraiser

By Carly Colombo

NECC’s Community Outreach Group, also known as COG, is holding a bake sale Oct. 28 in the Spurk building lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will benefit breast cancer patients at Holy Family Hospital.

“We’re trying to create more events open to the public outside our club,” said COG Secretary Nicholas Stuart.  Unlike previous bake sales, this sale gives contributors a chance to win 2 “SCREEEMFEST” tickets (good through Oct. 30) at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. An item must be bought from the bake sale, then users must take a picture with one of the club members dressed in a costume, and post it to Facebook with #COG to enter.

“We want others to see what we’re about and what we do by getting more people involved,” said COG President Lisa Pasho. Kayla Mignanelli, COG’s treasurer, explained that breast cancer patients at Holy Family don’t have anything to keep them busy while going through hours of chemo. “They don’t even have a TV,” she said.

The club has held bake sales and other events in the past to raise money for animal shelters, veterans and other causes in the area. The meetings and events are run completely by students.  With more events involving the public, the club hopes it will make a bigger impact on the amount of money raised and student participation. The team is always accepting new members if students want to join. Meetings are held every Monday at 12 p.m. in C116.

“It gives you a sense of meaning and connection in an otherwise somewhat isolated community college environment,” said COG Vice President Paul Kelly.