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FALL 2017

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55 FALL 2017 P hilanthropy just got easier follow- ing the University of Louisville's launch of a new crowdfunding campaign. Featuring noteworthy initiatives from across campus, Elevate provides the opportunity for the community to engage with and give to projects meaningful to them. It also provides an outlet for students, faculty and staff to share their stories and help impact their respective areas. "Project pages help share the story of innovative and critical causes across campus," said Will Holley, senior director of philanthropy. "Each gift will be put to work immediately." Each donation goes directly to the project chosen. Gifts made through Elevate are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. "Elevate helps take the passions of our campus and bring them to life through our community's generosity and support," said Holley. "Whether Elevating engagement UofL launches crowdfunding platform you are interested in utilizing Elevate to launch your project or find a project that inspires you to give, this platform and our office are here to help." Initial projects Seven projects launched for four weeks so far, with needs ranging from ROTC equipment and service Clients from the Kent School Survivors of Torture Recovery Center, an initiative supported by Elevate. ONLINE: More information about Elevate and its projects is available at learning trips to holistic autism treatment and Parkinson's disease research. Donations also have helped more recent projects such as the School of Medicine students providing crit- ical medical services in Tanzania, Ecuador and Nicaragua; purchas- ing books for the Reach Out and Read providers at Uof L Pediatric Clinic; allowing young musicians to attend the Community Music Program; and supporting the Kent School Survivors of Torture Recovery Center, the only of its kind in Kentucky. Adam House, 08S As a child, Adam House spent summers enjoying the thrills of Kings Island, though avoiding roller coasters. He was eventually convinced to ride the Vortex coaster and has been dedicated to roller coasters ever since. With this goal in mind, he reached out to the moguls of the roller coaster industry, and they led him to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering's mechan- ical engineering program. House received his undergraduate degree in December 2008. During the internship process, House met Jeff Pike, 98S, formerly vice president of sales and design at Great Coasters International. Pike acted as a mentor to the young engineer as House navigated the roller coaster design industry. House joined Great Coasters International in January 2009 and worked his way from intern to senior engineer. There his lifelong roller coaster ride came full circle, as he was part of the team that designed Mystic Timbers at King Island, which opened in April 2017. His love of roller coasters is rivaled only by his love of the Kentucky bour- bon scene, as House spent his first internship at Buffalo Trace Distillery. He says the bourbon and roller coaster industries are comparable because both jobs are always changing and both bring smiles to people's faces. House often runs into students at amusement parks and makes it a point to remind them that no dream is unattain- able, no matter how unconventional. "Follow your dreams," he said. "You are gonna be the only person that stops you from doing something."

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