Student United Way Halloween 5K Raises Over $5,000 for Local Community

Salisbury University’s Student United Way recently held the 2nd Annual Halloween 5K and 1-Mile Walk fundraiser in support of the local United Way, raising nearly $5,400 with over 150 costumed participants.  The event featured a “Zombie-Infested” 5K Course, 1 Mile Zombie Walk and after party, featuring performances from Salisbury University’s acapella group, “Squawkapella” and the Untouchables Dance Group.  Salisbury University’s Student United Way provided over 60 volunteers on the day of the event, and countless hours of preparation time prior to the fundraiser.

Event emcee, SU Student, and Student United Way Public Relations Coordinator, Maria Kolar shared “It is an honor to be a part of this group of students who care so much about the community where we go to school.  Many of our members aren’t local to the area, but we value the importance of giving back whenever we can.  The 5K is a fun way to get everyone involved and just have a good time.”

Sponsors for the event included the Salisbury University Foundation, BEACON at Salisbury University, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc., Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Law Firm of Michael B. Mathers, Apple Discount Drugs, BBSI, Power House Gym and Fitness for Her Salisbury, Comprehensive Financial Solutions, Frontier Town Campground, Etch-Art Awards, Law Firm of George G. Strott, Jr., First Shore Federal Savings & Loan, Unifirst Corporation, Cato Gas & Oil, Bay Water Greens, Taylor Bank, The Green Turtle North OC, The Sparklin Family and other anonymous sponsors.

About Student United Way at Salisbury University:

Now in the club’s third year, Salisbury University’s Student United Way gives students the opportunity to better the local community by giving, advocating and volunteering in the critical areas of Education, Income and Health.  The Salisbury University chapter, Maryland's first Student United Way, is in partnership with United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and Salisbury University.  Since its inception, Student United Way has accomplished 157 volunteering and advocating projects, completed over 3,150 volunteer hours and raised over $15,000 for the local United Way. Learn more about Student United Way at SU.

About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore: 

Now in its 71st year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be the largest non-governmental source of funding for 62 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain Educational Success by reducing the achievement gap between low and middle income students, Financial Stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in our community, and Good Health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services. In the 2014-2015 campaign year, United Way provided nearly $1.3 million to community programs and helped to change the lives of over 77,000 individuals. Learn more about United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore


Erin Smith and Madilyn Nechay, in costume as “Thing 1” and “Thing 2”, stretch out before the 5K race.





Prior to the race, 30 zombies were “released” onto the 5K course around Salisbury University.









Super Heroes were a theme at the 5K, with sightings of “Robin” (Matt Wolske) and “Batgirl” (Brittany Wilson).










(From Left to Right) Taylor Daugherty, Arlie Paden, Emma Marange and Sydney Stone, ran the 5K dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.