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USC Marshall team captures Golden Briefcase

During final ceremonies held at Stanford University April 15-17, a team of USC Marshall School of Business MBA students won the Golden Briefcase award, capturing an event that combines community service, fundraising and athletic competition among West Coast business schools.

The Challenge for Charity award was earned by graduate business students who achieved the highest score in the following categories: most service hours volunteered, most funds raised for charity, and best attendance and performance at the event.

The MBA teams compete in a series of 26 competitive sports including basketball to soccer, as well as a spelling bee and even darts. Last year, USC Marshall students shared the prize with students from UCLA.

“This is a testament to the drive of our team and our belief in the program,” said Jane Vaynerov, who helped coordinate volunteer efforts for USC Marshall’s team. “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.”

In addition to accumulating 4,316 volunteer hours, the team raised $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.

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