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12th Annual Big West Coin Drive Underway

12th Annual Big West Coin Drive Underway

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be collecting coins during the month of February that will go toward the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center.

Members of Block P will seek donations from fans attending several home athletics events during the month and there also is an option to donate online directly to French Hospital's web site at this link. Instructions are listed below.

The Big West Conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is organizing the 12th annual Coin Drive with each of the nine schools selecting a charity of their choice.

Cal Poly's Block P members chose the Hearst Cancer Resource Center for the third straight year. Other Big West institutions and their selections: Cal State Fullerton (Team Impact); CSUN (California Strong); Long Beach State (CSULB Beach Pantry); UC Davis (California Fire Foundation); UC Irvine (UC Irvine Health – Breast Cancer Center); UC Riverside (Riverside Community Settlement Association); UC Santa Barbara (Food From the Heart); Hawai'i (Residential Youth Services & Empowerment).

The Hearst Cancer Resource Center provides guidance, support and resources to patients newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, in recovery and beyond. Its wellness and support services provide a bridge between standard medical care and a full range of healing therapies while offering ways to help build a personal support system and offer a sense of extended family. The Mustangs are excited to donate to a charity that has a direct impact on the San Luis Obispo community.

The Big West Coin Drive has raised over $200,000 with an 11-year aggregate of $211,016.99.

For the fifth year in a row, institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities. The top three fundraising SAACs will receive a cash prize to put towards their SAAC budget.

"The commitment the Big West Student Athlete Advisory Committee has demonstrated to charitable works over the years truly has been inspiring," said Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell. "The Coin Drive is a symbol of their dedication and we look forward to the continued growth of the event."

All are encouraged to donate to a Big West school to support a worthwhile cause in the month of February.

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Click the Designation button and select Hearst Cancer Resource Center. Then check the box next to Corporate: Give on behalf of a company. Then after filling in your last name, in the space labeled Company: type "Cal Poly Coin Drive." Fill out the rest of the form and click "Donate Now."