University of Southern California

Marshall Team Captures Golden Briefcase in Challenge for Charity
Marshall MBA Students Excel at Fundraising and Athletic Competitions
April 18, 2011 • by News at Marshall

During final ceremonies held at Stanford over the weekend, a team of USC Marshall MBA students won the coveted Golden Briefcase award, capturing an event that combines community service, fundraising and athletic competition among West Coast business schools.

The Golden Briefcase, the highly prized Challenge for Charity (C4C) award, is earned by graduate business students who achieve the highest score in the following categories: most service hours volunteered, most funds raised for charity and best attendance and performance at C4C weekend at Stanford University. The MBA teams compete against each other in a series of 26 competitive sports; teams vie for top spots in events ranging from basketball to soccer, a spelling bee, and even darts. Last year, Marshall students shared the prize with students from UCLA Anderson but rallied to win outright this year. (See Facebook video of the celebration.)

"This is testament to the drive of our team and our belief in the program. We worked on this project all year, and it was so satisfying to see our efforts culminate in a victory and funds to support several important nonprofit organizations," said Jane Vaynerov '11, who helped coordinate volunteer efforts for USC Marshall’s C4C team.

Jim Legeman, Tony Shin and Vaynerov served as co-chairs for USC Marshall’s Challenge for Charity; they are all in Marshall’s MBA Class of 2011. In addition to accumulating 4,316 volunteer hours, the Marshall team raised a total of $136,000. The funds will support three local charities, including the Special Olympics of Southern California, Junior Achievement of Southern California and A Better LA.

"I could not be more proud of our Challenge 4 Charity team," said James G. Ellis, Marshall dean. "The award captures the best qualities of Marshall students—a powerful desire to compete and a big picture commitment to social issues and engaging with the community."

Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a 27-year-old non-profit organization started at Stanford, with chapters at nine top West Coast MBA programs. C4C's mission is to develop future business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility.

All MBA students are invited to celebrate the win at a reception on Wednesday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in the Popovich Hall courtyard.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.