Special to the Times-Record
Shown is the 2012 version of the custom Daffodil Days Boyds Bear.
The student body at Valley City State University has officially taken over sponsorship of the Valley City 2013 Daffodil Days campaign, said Michaela Halvorson, secretary of the VCSU Student Senate.
Halvorson, a freshman, said VCSU Science Professor Hilde van Gijssel proposed students pick up the responsibility from Bank Forward.
Bank Forwardâ€™s Deb Kohler decided to pass the torch after three years of chairing the event for the bank.
During the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Daffodil Days, donors are given daffodils in appreciation of their contributions.
Halvorson said the Student Senate, Pre-professional Club and Business Club have jointly agreed to sponsor the Valley City event for 2013.
â€śIâ€™m really excited (about students participating in this yearâ€™s event). Itâ€™s all very exciting. I was ready to do something like this,â€ť Halvorson said.
The daffodil is traditionally the first flower of spring, and the American Cancer Societyâ€™s â€śsymbol of hope for a world without cancer,â€ť according to a release. A bouquet of 10 daffodils is available for a $10 donation, a bunch of daffodils in a vase is given for $15, a Gift of Hope or three bunches of daffodils are given for $25, and, for the first time, Ray Oâ€™Hope, a special Boyds Bear, is also available for $25.
Said Halvorson, â€ś the bear is customized every year. This year itâ€™s Ray Oâ€™Hope, an Irish name. Itâ€™s adorable.â€ť
Student body president and co-chair of Daffodil Days Erin Edinger said, â€śWhen the VCSU student body was presented with this opportunity, we jumped at the chance to help out such a wonderful organization. We are excited to continue the efforts of the American Cancer Society by sponsoring the 2013 Daffodil Days campaign. We look forward to reaching out to the Valley City community and helping with the fight against cancer.â€ť
Melissa Kindelspire, the other campaign co-chair at VCSU, said, â€śThe students at Valley City State University are especially excited to be sponsoring Daffodil Days because of the symbolism of hope that the daffodils bring to those in our community. Daffodil Days is unique in that it is a community-based event fundraising event. Many businesses and volunteers from all over Valley City are coming together to raise money for this meaningful cause.â€ť
According to a release, money raised through Daffodil Days lets the society offer free programs and services â€śthat help people fight cancer with courage and optimism, while providing physical and emotional support and financial information to ease the cancer experience.â€ť