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Audra Wilford, co-founder of the MaxLove Project, sits with her son Max during presentations at the 2015 Charity Ball. The annual student-run event raises funds for a different nonprofit organization each year. The MaxLove Project was this year's recipient.

Athenians give back through annual Charity Ball

Mount Saint Mary's University students know how it feels to be a part of something larger than themselves.  

The latest example: The 2015 Charity Ball at the Mount's Chalon Campus in Los Angeles. Each year, this student-led event helps to raise awareness and funds for a local nonprofit chosen by the Student Government Association. This year's partner organization was the MaxLove Project, a grassroots team of volunteers and activists dedicated to helping childhood cancer families beat the odds. 

Through ticket sales and a silent auction, Mount Saint Mary's students raised more than $1,700 in one evening for the nonprofit. At the Ball, guests in formalwear mingled, enjoyed a meal and listened to songs performed by student musicians. And everyone got to hear from a voice known to many at the Mount - the co-founder of MaxLove Project, Audra Wilford, once worked in the Mount's Women's Leadership Program. 

"Charity Ball is an opportunity for the Mount community to come together and give back to organizations that are creating positive change in the world, such as the MaxLove Project, which we chose this year," said Dahlia Maldonado, vice president of the Student Government Association. "We had a special connection to the MaxLove Project and wanted to support the amazing work they're doing."

Wilford, mother of Max, talked about her family's own insights as her son battled cancer. She also thanked the Mount's students for their support and encouragement. "What happens here at the Mount is absolutely amazing and it can ignite a fire throughout the entire community," Wilford said. "Thank you all." 

To see more pictures from the evening and to learn more about the Charity Ball and the MaxLove Project, visit the article in The Athenian Print, a student-run newspaper club at Mount Saint Mary's. 

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