SHY-Milwaukee loses Kapco challenge to Concordia team

The Kapco Charitable Challenge officially came to a close on March 4 when the three remaining teams from Marquette, Wisconsin Lutheran College and Concordia University made their final presentations to a panel of judges.

And the winner: not Marquette.

Support Homeless Youth-Milwaukee, an all-freshmen group of Marquette students, was stopped short in its quest to be crowned challenge champion by team Effect from Concordia University. SHY advanced to the second round of the charitable challenge out of 15 starting teams.

Despite not taking home the gold in the competition, SHY members said they are still satisfied with what they accomplished over the course of a month. The group of nine freshmen raised more than $6,000 for Pathfinders, a shelter that specializes in helping Milwaukee’s homeless youth, said SHY member Lisa Cathelyn, a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences.

With the money raised by SHY, Pathfinders was able to fund a media lab for use by children at the shelter to create music and public service announcements, among other things, Cathelyn said. SHY purchased studio monitors, microphones and plans to buy an iMac computer for the shelter.

“The media lab provides an opportunity for the kids to express themselves,” Cathelyn said in an e-mail. “So many of these kids are going through times of crisis and transition, so the media lab provides an essential creative outlet and gives them a sense of self-worth and identity.”

According to SHY’s Facebook page, the group plans on becoming an official Marquette club in the coming months.