The annual fundraiser at the university this year raised more than $42,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS). All of the donations were collected as a direct result of the charitable giving of Harvard faculty, students and staff. Nearly 80 department coordinators participated this year, helping to spread awareness about the campaign and collect much-needed donations.
Harvard University Mail Services (HUMS) generously volunteered to deliver the orders, as they do year after year, to nearly 100 locations across campus. HUMS manager Betsy Shortell says her team looks forward to it every year. "We are very proud to help with this wonderful cause and at the same time it is nice to deliver something to our customers that bring smiles," she said.
Daffodil Day at Harvard attributes its success to the past leadership efforts of Rita Corkery, former Associate Director of Community Affairs, who began DaffodilDays at Harvard in 1988 and was a survivor of breast cancer who helped to get the program off the ground. In that first year funds reached just $2,500 and today Harvard is honored by the American Cancer Society as one of the top campaign contributors in all of Massachusetts.
Harvard's support of Daffodil Days helps to saves lives by helping people stay well, find cures, and fight back. It is one of the ACS's oldest and most beloved fundraising programs. If you are interested in how you can become involved in a future campaign, please email us!