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Philanthropist of the Year Jillian Lynch

Sophomore Jillian Lynch began planning for OttoThon, a 12-hour dance marathon, before she even moved onto the Syracuse campus. Lynch was in charge of the dance marathon at her high school in Illinois, and she knew that Syracuse didn’t have a dance marathon like many large schools. So before the summer of her freshman year, Lynch contacted the Children’s Miracle Network with hopes of bringing a similar event to Syracuse. She created an executive board of 18 students and by the end of the spring 2014 semester, OttoThon officially became a recognized student organization. The event, held from Feb. 28 to March 1, raised a total of $84,013.33 to benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The marathon raised more money than any philanthropy at SU. Lynch plans on continuing her work with OttoThon for the rest of her time at SU.

Actual Sorority Move: Empowered Greek Women week. The campaign encouraged Sara Eckhardt women and men on campus to embrace a message of empowerment and selfSara Eckhardt, a junior broadcast and acceptance by taking a photo while holding a digital journalism major, founded the “I am sign that says “I am Enough." The campaign Enough” campaign on campus. In October, received positive feedback and is expanding as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, beyond SU; Wayne State University's “I am Eckhardt, along with the rest of her sorority Enough” week was in March. sisters, watched a TED Talk by Brene Brown about the power of vulnerability. Sara was inspired by the talk and one of its most prominent messages: “I am imperfect, and I am enough.” She knew it was a message that deserved to be shared with everyone in Greek life, other students at Syracuse University, and beyond the boundaries of this campus. With the support of her sisters, Eckhardt created a Facebook page and partnered with SU’s Panhellenic Council to launch a social media photo campaign on campus during

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