Ever wonder how often members of the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital Staff receive donations from a Twinkie-shaped cartoon character and some amazing college students?

From L-R: Dr. Kent Strodtman, Faculty Advisor, Brittany Fangrow. Samantha Macht, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Employee. Jena Grahn and Bob the Minion (student Trent Finley).

From L-R: Dr. Kent Strodtman, Faculty Advisor, Brittany Fangrow. Samantha Macht, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Employee. Jena Grahn and Bob the Minion (student Trent Finley).

We are going to guess the answer to that question is ‘not very often.’

But that was exactly the case recently as members of the Columbia College Student Science Club and their faculty advisor, along with their Minion friend, Bob, dropped off a jumbo check for $1,000 benefitting the hospital’s music therapy program. The funds were generated over the course of the 2014-2015 school year via the club’s chocolate fundraiser and annual 5K race.

“I cannot explain how amazing of a day it was walking through the hospital with Bob the Minion and seeing the smiles on the patients’ faces,” Science Club Vice President Sammi Macht said. “The musical therapy program uses instruments to help kids heal. Emily Herzog is the amazing one woman band who works one-on-one with patients tailoring the treatment to the needs of each patient.”

This is the fourth year the club has donated the proceeds of its 5K race to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. For more information about the club, contact Macht at sjmacht1@cougars.ccis.edu