By KELLY DANIELS
An organization designed to empower local students hosted a benefit breakfast Wednesday at the Sportsplex on Lynn Lane.
Meagan Oâ€™Nan, award winning author and founder of the Oâ€™Nan Project for Change and Step Up! Starkville, said each $5 donation taken at the door will go to the family of Mississippi State football player Nick Bell, who died last week after a short battle with cancer.
Bellâ€™s family will also receive proceeds from a silent auction held at Wednesdayâ€™s breakfast â€” an auction to which over 35 local businesses have donated.
â€śThere havenâ€™t been any business that have said no,â€ť Oâ€™Nan said referring to the auction. â€śI think it shows the true character of the city.â€ť
The Project for Change has scheduled monthly breakfasts for students involved in the organization with different speakers explaining the benefits of character-building topics that will be the focus of Oâ€™Nanâ€™s curriculum the following weeks.
During Wednesdayâ€™s breakfast, Oâ€™Nan, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman and Ann Carr, Mississippi Stateâ€™s senior associate athletic director for student services and senior womenâ€™s sports administrator, all spoke about cooperation.