SVSU students win ‘Battle’ and raise $32k for suicide awareness/prevention
Saginaw Valley State University's student-led Battle of the Valleys competition last week resulted in raised $32,294 for the Cory Rivard Jr. Promise Foundation, a group based in Algonac, Mich. that educates college students on preventative measures for suicide, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.
Emily VanFleteren, a physical education major from Troy and SVSU’s 2014 Battle of the Valleys chair, said she was proud of the volunteers and supporters who contributed to the cause.
“It was a wonderful feeling to be out on the field with the Rivard family to hand them the check from SVSU,” VanFleteren said. “I could not be happier with how the week turned out, and I am definitely proud to be a part of such a wonderful student body who is so dedicated to and passionate about giving back through Battle of the Valleys.” 
Begun in 2003, the annual fundraising competition pits SVSU against Grand Valley State University. This year’s contest concludedSaturday, Nov. 15 when the rival football teams played each other at SVSU. The Battle of the Valleys results were announced at halftime of the game. GVSU students collected about $7,000 this year for the Grand Valley Children’s Fund. 
SVSU now has bested GVSU for nine out of the 12 Battle of the Valleys competitions.  During the past 12 years, SVSU students have raised $306,789 for a variety of charitable causes. 

Amount Raised

Both Schools


SVSU leads series 8-3


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SVSU: $25,185 for Special Olympics, Area 22
GVSU: $11,137 for S.P.O.R.T.S.


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SVSU: $30,224.60 for Great Lakes Bay Miracle League
GVSU: $1,100 for Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan


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SVSU: $26,623 for Underground Railroad of Saginaw County
GVSU: $12,381 for Make a Wish Foundation


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SVSU: $40,088 for Salvation Army of Saginaw County
GVSU: $12,500 for Student Advancement Foundation (Grand Rapids Public Schools)


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SVSU: $34,401 for Boys & Girls Club of Saginaw County
GVSU: $19,299 for Kids Food Basket 


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SVSU: $47,278 for Bay and Saginaw county chapters of Habitat for Humanity
GVSU: $28,002 for Campfire USA 


GVSU: $31,382 for Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital
SVSU: $20,319 for City Rescue Mission 


GVSU: $19,337 for Burton Middle School 
SVSU: $19,160 for Child and Family Services of Saginaw County 


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SVSU: $13,012 for United Way
GVSU: $7,327 for Make a Wish Foundation 


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SVSU: $12,000 for Child Abuse and Neglect Counsel
GVSU $7,500 for Alternatives in Motion 


GVSU: $8,500 for the West Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters 
SVSU: $6,208 for the Mid Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters