In honor of Van Hansis’ upcoming birthday (which is in just a few days, September 25th!), fans of the actor who played Luke Snyder on As the World Turns for almost the last five years, are continuing their fundraising efforts that they started a few years ago. This is the third year his fans have sponsored a student at Van’s high school…Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
For the past two years, Van’s fans have raised over $15,000 for a theater student at the school. This year, their efforts for funds started slowly, but as of Friday morning, September 17, 2010, the day of the final episode of ATWT word from the school was that the donations had shot up to $13,400!
Van has always made it clear to his fans that his education is something that is important to him and he is very proud of both places he began learning his craft; Walnut Hill and Carnegie Mellon University. The fan group is continuing to pay it forward and help another student at the school who might some day touch their hearts the way that Van has as Luke Snyder. For more information, and how you can donate to help a student in the arts in honor of Van click here