Mitchell Hall heats up for annual Fry Out Cancer fundraiser
Campus News | Thursday, November 30, 2023
Above: Staff and students from the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts pitched in on Nov. 21, preparing 610 turkeys to raise funds for a local cancer research institute.
The kitchens and prep areas in Mitchell Hall were busy ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. More than two dozen staff and students prepared 610 turkeys and baked 100 apple and pumpkin pies for Fry Out Cancer, an annual cancer research fundraiser for The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Local resident Matthew Freedman began the event in 2014. “I started this with one fryer and ten turkeys in my backyard,” said Freedman. “It has continued to grow ever since.”
It didn’t take long for the event to become too large for one person to handle, so he partnered with Columbus State.
The Mitchell Hall crew prepared the turkeys on Monday and Tuesday ahead of Thanksgiving, then roasted them on Wednesday. They were then taken to 14 local organizations to be delivered to families in need. Anyone can “sponsor” a roasted turkey for $50. A limited number of fried turkeys can be purchased for $150 each. Additional funding comes from donations. The goal this year is to raise $50,000. Learn more at fryoutcancer.org.