Seniors Meredith Jacob and Madeline Carl are hosting a “Fancy Fundraiser” Friday at Historic Senior Hall to raise money for their upcoming road trip, which will double as a documentary film project.
Jacob and Carl, who are graduating in December, are hitting “50 States in 50 Days” and will be filming their experiences, as well as documenting stories from people they meet along the way.
The fundraising event is 7 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public with donations welcome.
They’re offering more than $2,000 worth of prizes through raffles and silent auctions. Nevada Greene will provide live music.
Although the trip will provide all sorts of interesting film fodder, no doubt, the two say they have a larger agenda for the project.
“We want to inspire young women that they can do anything as long as they’re passionate about it,” Jacob said. “Plenty of people have told us we can’t do this. We want to inspire people and let them know they can do it.”
The two hope the stories they hear from others during the trip reinforce that message.
“This isn’t just our story,” Carl said. “Everyone has a story, and we hope to collect those stories of successes and failures along the way. And I’m sure we’ll have failures, but this is about not stopping. It’s about overcoming those obstacles.”
The duo will leave from Columbia on May 12, head west to Kansas, then north through Minnesota to North Dakota. From there, they’ll head east, following much of the New England coastline before heading to West Virginia, where they plan to stay in a haunted abandoned asylum. The route then veers south to Florida and Louisiana before heading west. The trip is scheduled to end July 4 “somewhere in Hawaii.” The complete route and other information can be found on their website.
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