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UW-Madison homecoming events to benefit those in need

UW-Madison's Homecoming Week features events like an A Cappella Showcase and "Swish Upon a Cure" that serve to benefit charities and organizations across the country.

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With UW-Madison’s Homecoming Week upon us, the Wisconsin Homecoming Committee’s events are once again set to benefit charities and organizations across the country.

According to committee president Alex Kredell, the approximately 40-person committee not only plans events like the Spirit Parade to bring together the campus community but also holds philanthropic events like Swish Upon a Cure.

“The Homecoming committee has a unique mission that extends far beyond the boundaries of this campus,” Kredell said. “Homecoming is about bringing the campus and alumni together, but it’s also about connecting and uplifting the entire Madison community.”

The week’s first event, which was held Sunday night in the Historical Society, was the fourth annual A Cappella Showcase. Hosted by both BadgerThon — a student organization that works to support patients and families of the American Family Children’s Hospital — and the Wisconsin Homecoming Committee, the event raised approximately $2,200 for the hospital, according to Kredell.

In addition to the showcase, “Swish Upon a Cure,” formerly known as “Shooting Down Cancer,” will be hosted in the Kohl Center Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. Students are invited to the Kohl Center to shoot a free throw and a half-court shot with the opportunity to benefit the “Garding Against Cancer” charity, established by men’s basketball coach Greg Gard.

According to a release by UW Athletics, Gard and his family will donate one dollar for every student who walks into the gym, five dollars for every free throw made and $500 for every half-court shot made. The event has raised $1,116,757 in its first five years, according to the release.

To view the full schedule of homecoming events, including Wednesday’s Light of the Moon Homecoming 5k supporting Lighting the Way with Pink, visit

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