Friends, family of Brett Olson raised money to promote Labor Day safety

The Campus Alcohol Drug and Education Center received a check from friends and family of Brett Olson, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student who drowned while floating in the Sacramento River, to promote safety during Labor Day weekend. The donation, which was received a couple of weeks ago, was announced at Monday’s board of director’s meeting.

Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Olson’s death.

Nicole McCann, a junior kinesiology major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, began a fundraiser for CADEC last May with Olson’s family at California Pizza Kitchen.

“We wanted to raise money to keep safety in someway or another at the float this year,” McCann said. “We wanted to do it before summer so the money could get donated for the next float.”

They raised $550.

“I think that the coolest thing about the fundraiser is that it brought everyone together and that is what Brett loved, when we were all together,” McCann said. “He is still able to bring us all together even though he is gone.”


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