Matthew Salvino wins Community Heroes Award
Cougars 4 a Cure Fundraiser
Charlotte Catholic High School junior Matthew Salvino has been named the Queen City Audio, Video and Appliances Community Heroes Award Winner. Matthew is the 16 year old son of Mike and Denise Salvino and he recently completed one of the largest fundraisers led by a student in the area, the 2nd Annual Cougars 4 A Cure. Matthew sold shirts and socks at his school to “stage” an event where all folks (Players, Coaches, and Fans) wore the special gear during the Basketball Game on February 6, 2015. The event was a huge success, allowing Matthew to present a check for $23,000 to the Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) and the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation for Bladder Cancer Research.
Matthew offered his comments on the fundraiser.
“My family has been affected by cancer which inspired me to help organize a fundraiser for cancer research. Through the past two years of Cougars 4 A Cure, I have learned that qualities like patience and persistence are required to have success in this event. Also, the ways in which this fundraiser impacted not only people touched by cancer but also their families, showed me how grateful my school community was with my work.”
“I would like to thank the students, faculty, and community of Charlotte Catholic High School along with the men’s and women’s basketball teams of Charlotte Catholic for supporting this fundraiser. I would also like to thank Charlotte Catholic basketball coaches, Mike King (Varsity) and Andre Speech (JV) for playing a big part in this fundraiser’s success.
Matthew’s tireless work and dedication allowed the event to become an amazing success. Plans are already underway to top the $23,000 mark for year number three of the event.