$1,700 ‘Blue Crew’ Contribution Honors Student’s Memory, Heartens Transplant Patients

Robert M. Fischer gathers at midcourt with his wife, Mary Ann (left), and son, Zack (center), along with representative members of their "extended family" at Penn College.

Cody E. Buterbaugh, representing the Student Athletic Advisory Council, speaks during halftime of the men's basketball game and is joined at center court by the Fischer family, current and former members of the cross-country team, and members of the SAAC.

Fans and members of the Wildcat Dance Team are among those sporting "Blue Crew" T-shirts for the night.

The Wildcat also joins the crew of blue, acknowledging a young fan showing off his new sneakers.

Cross-country coach Mike Paulhamus (far left), along with current and former members of the cross-country team, join the Fischer family for the night's dedication.

“We lost a son, but we gained an extended family here at Penn College,” said Robert M. Fischer, father of the late Michael Storm Fischer, as he accepted a check for $1,700 from the college’s Student Athletic Advisory Council on Wednesday night. The funds, raised through the sale of commemorative T-shirts, will be given in Michael Fischer’s memory to the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to organ and tissue donation. The check was presented to the family by Cody E. Buterbaugh, a member of the Penn College baseball team and SAAC vice president, during halftime of the men’s basketball game in Bardo Gym. “Michael Fischer was a member of the cross-country team for four years and a volunteer assistant for two. In addition, (he) worked as a photographer … not only taking pictures of the cross-country team, but capturing many other events and athletic teams around campus,” he said. “Tragically, Michael passed away last August. To honor him, special ‘2.0 Blue Crew’ T-shirts were made and sold in helping raise money in Michael’s name. His nickname, given to him by the cross-country team, was ‘Jersey 2.0,’ a nod to his roots in New Jersey.” Over the past five months, Buterbaugh noted, the SAAC, cross-country team and Athletic Department worked tirelessly to sell T-shirts to raise money in Michael’s name. In addition, several cross-country alumni – Robert Forbes, Alyssa Giedroc and John Greenwood – made generous donations. “The Student-Athletic Advisory Council would like to thank the Fischer family for attending tonight’s event and traveling all the way from New Jersey,” Buterbaugh said Wednesday evening. “Michael was an important part of the Penn College community and he will be missed greatly.”

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Mike Fischer is one of those quiet, kind souls whose impact lives on long past his years on this earth. He shared his wonderful talent and enthusiasm for Penn College as a student photographer in the College Information and Community Relations Office, where his spirit lives on. Rest in peace, Mike. You are always in our hearts.

Posted by Elaine Lambert at February 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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