Belk College faculty raise funds for cancer research

Belk College professors Richard Buttimer (Finance), Craig Depken (Economics) and Doug Pugh (Management) participated in Charlotte's "24 Hours of Booty" fundraiser July 25-26.

24 Hours of Booty is a 24-hour road cycling charity event that raises funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.The event originated in 2002 and adopted the nickname of a popular biking and walking circuit in Charlotte'sMyers Park neighborhood.

The 2008 event has a fundraising goal of $1 million, with more than $930,000 raised to date.

"I decided to ride because I have family and friends who have been directly and severely impacted by cancer and this event raises substantial money for cancer causes," said Dr. Depken. "Furthermore, it was a lot of fun."

The professors hope to recruit more members of the Belk College faculty, staff and student body for next year's event.