Students of AMF 2012 Spring Soiree


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National Students of AMF (supporting one another and Actively Moving Forward) is a nonprofit organization that connects and empowers college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one to support one another. The organization accomplishes its mission by creating Students of AMF Campus Chapters on college campuses nationwide, raising awareness about the needs of grieving college students, including through the annual National College Student Grief Awareness Week, and hosting national grief support programs, such as the “We Get It” Supportive Blog, and events, such as the National Conference on College Student Grief.

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Students of AMF 2012 Spring Soiree

  1. 1. Media Contact: Grace McIntyre 919.810.0453FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Students of AMF to Host Third Annual Spring Soiree Event celebrates the nonprofit’s nation-wide impact on grieving college studentsRALEIGH, N.C. (April 10, 2012) – Grief is difficult at any age, but it can be devastating when itoccurs during college. Sadly, one out of three college students has experienced the death of aclose friend or family member in the last year. Six years ago, nothing existed on collegecampuses to support grieving college students and “alone, helpless, guilty, depressed” bestdescribed these students nationwide. Today, “empowered, connected, supported, inspired”more appropriately describes the 2000+ college students on over 170 college campuses (43official campus chapters) that have been touched by the National Students of AMF SupportNetwork (grieving college students Actively Moving Forward).Founded and headquartered in Raleigh since 2006, National Students of AMF supports collegestudents coping with the illness or death of a loved one and empowers them to channel theirgrief towards positive outlets, like raising money for cancer research in memory of a parent. TheNational Students of AMF’s signature fundraising event, the 3rd Annual Spring Soiree will be heldon April 27, 2012 from 7:00-10:00pm at Flanders Art Gallery at 302 South West Street indowntown Raleigh. 250-300 supporters will come together to celebrate the organization’sachievements and raise funds to continue to provide support to college students nationwide. Allproceeds will be used to support grieving college students nationwide. The night will featuresilent and live auctions, Barbara Gibbs of ABC-11 as Mistress of Ceremonies, food courtesy ofMia Francesca, music by DJ Frank Meldau, and a speech by Kelly Hudson (AMF Chapter Presidentat Central Michigan).“Even though we are always focused on reaching more and more grieving college students,there is one night a year where we can truly celebrate the impact that our students andvolunteers are making on one another’s lives,” said David Fajgenbaum, Raleigh resident and co-founder of National Students of AMF, whose mother Anne Marie Fajgenbaum, passed away frombrain cancer when he was in his sophomore year of college. “When my mom passed away in2004, I promised her that I would create an outlet for college students, who, like me, werecoping with a loved one’s illness or death and were suffering in silence. The energy generated bythe event will make a difference for college students nationwide.”Go to for additional information about the event.If you or your media team would be interested in covering or promoting the event, pleasecontact Marisa Rendeiro (, Grace McIntyre(, or David Fajgenbaum (; 919-810-0453).About National Students of AMF Support NetworkFounded in 2006, the mission of National Students of AMF ( is tosupport college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one. 35-48% of college studenthave lost a family member or close friend within the last two years. Students at AMF chaptersprovide peer support to fellow students facing bereavement. Since its inception, NationalStudents of AMF has formed 43 official chapters with many more in development. In addition toproviding peer support, members are empowered to give back to their communities by engagingin service projects to volunteer and raise awareness and funds for causes that are important tochapter members. ###