Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Hobart and William Smith Colleges community members are continuing to be vigilant in their efforts to help aid the international relief initiatives and offset the damage done by the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Between the "Hope for Haiti" dance party on Saturday night, the fundraising efforts at area stores on Sunday and the ongoing "dorm storm" organized by Gabrielle Perez '11, HWS students, faculty and staff gathered many nonperishables and clothing and raised more than $500 for the American Red Cross and Direct Relief International (DRI) this past weekend alone.
Global activist, lawyer, and President and CEO of DRI Thomas Tighe, who offered the keynote address at the 2009 HWS Convocation, acknowledged the Colleges' commitment to service.
"The Colleges' emphasis on global citizenship and international service is something near and dear to me... HWS has a strong ethic that has become part if its identity."
Tighe was thankful for the Colleges' support.
"It means so much that you are helping at this moment," he says. " And, in the years ahead, people in Haiti and other places will benefit from what you're learning. You're needed more than ever."
HWS fundraising efforts occurred as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. service activities at Tops Markets in Geneva, WalMart in Seneca Falls and Canandaigua, and at Waterloo Premium Outlets.
Upcoming events include an Open Mic Relief Event on Thursday, Feb. 4, proposed by Youdlyn Moreau '12, whose family has been greatly affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center, the Open Mic Night, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, will feature a performance by musician Rudy Currence. There will be a suggested $2 donation at the door, which will be sent directly to Food for the Poor: Immediate Relief Efforts for Haiti.
Be on the lookout for other fundraising events such as the Friday, Feb. 26 a cappella performance featuring the Hobartones, 3Miles Lost and Blue Jupiter. Dorm storming will continue through Friday, Jan. 29, and mass "Text for Haiti" efforts are ongoing through organizations like the American Red Cross.