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Columbus State teams up with Fry Out Cancer

Update | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Pictured above: Chef Josh Wickham and Matt Freedman with a turkey in a deep fryer.

As the rest of the campus was closed the day before Thanksgiving, Mitchell Hall was ground zero for Fry Out Cancer, a growing annual holiday fundraising event. 

Faculty, staff, and students at the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts and members of the Columbus State Police Department pitched in to make it happen. Work began on Tuesday, November 26, to prepare 161 turkeys. Some would be roasted, and the rest deep-fried on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. 

Central Ohio resident Matt Freedman founded Fry Out Cancer several years ago at his home with just a handful of turkeys. It has grown so large that Columbus State agreed to assist with the project. Donations each year help fund the project. All proceeds go to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This year, Fry Out Cancer raised more than $30,000. In doing so, they roasted 65 turkeys in Mitchell Hall ovens, and fried 96 turkeys outside. The turkeys were then picked up or donated to eight area organizations and Central Ohio families in need.

Watch news coverage here from WCMH-TV (NBC 4)

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Pictured left: Dozens of fryers lined up outside of Mitchell Hall.

Pictured right: Sgt. Jeff Dodge, center, was among members of the Columbus State Police Department assisting Hospitality staff and students during Fry Out Cancer.


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