Women’s Golf Team Launches New Fundraiser

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Insomnia Cookies is a bakery chain that delivers cookies to students on large college campuses across the nation, and this is what inspired the Augustana women’s golf team to start their new fundraising idea.
On August 27 at 8 p.m. the women’s golf team launched The Augie Cookie Van.
The Augie Cookie Van is a fundraiser where members of the women’s golf team deliver cookies to students on campus. The team wanted to find a way to incorporate team bonding, campus involvement, and fundraising all in one.
Senior and co-captain Jenna Lawrence said, “We wanted to find a way for the campus to have fun with it too, and it’s been fun to see that not only are we benefiting from this, but the whole campus is.”
They sell cookies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They’ll deliver cookies to any student on campus that direct messages their twitter (@AugieCookieVan) a location and an order. A pack of two cookies is sold for one dollar. 
“Our van broke down on the way to a tournament so we had a ton of extra time on our hands and we just started thinking about ways that we could raise some money. That night, we grabbed the cookie dough, baked them, and started selling cookies. It was fun seeing all of us jump on board and fill a role,” Lawrence said.
When the team first started this project, they didn’t realize how big of a response they would get. Within their first night, they sold approximately a hundred cookies, and they only stopped because they ran out of cookie dough.
Senior and co-captain Korina Freidag said, “The responses that we’ve gotten from it have been really good.  It’s been really awesome to see the reaction on campus. On the first night, we got three orders of ten or more cookies.”
“We did not think the response was going to be as big as it was,” Freidag said. “Some of us were baking cookies, a few people would be the ones responding to the messages on twitter, and then there would be a few cars out delivering.
All of the funds will be split between helping the team go on more golf trips and organizing a camp for kids in the quad cities. Ideally, the team would like to use the renovated facility in Carver.
“We wanted to start a camp for kids in the quad cities that are interested in golf and don’t necessarily have a plug for it because it is a really hard sport to get into,” Lawrence said. “We want to be an outlet for them.”
Freidag added, “We’re going to try to do the camp in the winter and use our new facilities in Carver to host the camp. We’ll do some putting and chipping with them, maybe even some full swings if we’re lucky.”