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Student Athlete Advisory Committee Set to Fundraise for Hurricane Relief

Holy Cross Athletics   09-25-2017

WORCESTER, Mass.  The Holy Cross Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is set to organize and host a two-week fundraiser for relief efforts in Texas and Florida after the impacts of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. SAAC has partnered with Playworks in Houston, Texas and the Palm Beach County Food Bank (PBCFB) in Palm Beach, Fla.

Playworks is an organization that looks to create and emphasize leadership roles for children in the classroom, playground and community through local schools. PBCFB is an organization that produces and distributes grocery products to serve more than 100,000 people in the Palm Beach County every month. The funds raised by SAAC will go directly to school supplies for Playworks and grocery products for PCBFB. 

SAAC will be taking cash donations during the week of Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 in Hogan and at the Homecoming football game Sept. 30.

Week of Sept. 25:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Hogan by Cool Beans)
  • Saturday, Sept. 30 – Table at the Homecoming Football game

Week of Oct. 1

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Hogan by Cool Beans)

SAAC has been in contact with two key representatives from Playworks and PBCFB. 

Bryan Walwyn is a board member of the Playworks chapter in Houston. He is a 2009 Holy Cross graduate and played along the defensive line for the Crusader football team:

“I am writing you, my fellow Crusaders, on behalf of the people of Houston and surrounding areas, where you have no doubt seen the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has caused. As a lifetime resident, I can attest to the upwards of $120 billion of damage that is left in the aftermath of the 9 trillion gallons of water that Harvey dropped. While countless businesses and over 200,000 homes have been damaged, today, I approach you about the state of our schools. Two hundred of Houston Independent School District’s 245 schools were damaged by Harvey; 53 of which were majorly impacted. Classrooms were flooded – some with four feet of water – as desks were swept away and school supplies ruined. Sadly, some children have temporarily lost their home and their school.

The city has leaped into action to get these schools up and running again, however, Houston cannot successfully mitigate the educational impacts of Harvey on its own. It is times like now that I am reminded of part of the Holy Cross mission: “To participate in the life of Holy Cross is to accept an invitation to join in dialogue about basic human questions: What is the moral character of learning and teaching? How do we find meaning in life and history? What are our obligations to one another? What is our special responsibility to the world's poor and powerless?”

I’d like to invite students, faculty, staff, alumni and all others in the Crusader community, in joining me to uphold our mission statement. In collaboration with Playworks - an organization dedicated to fostering leadership and independence for children in the classroom, playground, and community - College of the Holy Cross will be hosting a donation drive for school supplies. As a board member of the Playworks Houston chapter, I will make sure the schools and students that are most in need receive your generous contributions. For the past 20 years, Playworks has been a community leader and advocate for children, and shares many of the same values as Holy Cross. The main goal of the donation drive is not only to help alleviate some of the financial burdens of the school district but also to provide the necessary supplies for Houston youth to succeed academically and overcome a disaster that will undoubtedly be written into history books.

Please help make a difference in our community by contributing. Any support will be highly appreciated by all of Houston, but especially the kids that your benevolence will provide relief to.”

Sincerely,

Bryan Walwyn, Class of 2009


SAAC has also partnered with PBCFB through Karen Erren:

“On behalf of all us here at the Palm Beach County Food Bank (PBCFB), thank you so much for thinking of those in need here in Palm Beach County following Hurricane Irma.

PBCFB currently provides 5 million pounds of food annually through four programs:

1) Procure and distribute food and grocery products through our core Food Recovery and Distribution program. Almost 110 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and residential housing programs, serve more than 100,000 seniors, children and families each month.

2) Provide nourishment to more than 3,000 children annually through our summer and weekend feeding program, Food4OurKids (F4OK).

3) Educate approximately 800 heads of households about healthy eating through an 8-week nutrition education curriculum, Nutrition Driven, in partnership with the University of Florida.

4) Provide counseling and sign-up support through Benefits Outreach to low-income heads of households, resulting in $1.5 million in federal assistance benefits in the last six months of 2016.

Our community’s needs have increased following Hurricane Irma. Many county residents encountered unbudgeted expenses preparing and evacuating for Hurricane Irma. Post-Hurricane, hourly employees suffered loss of wages because businesses were closed. And there are still pockets of the county awaiting utilities more than a week following the storm.

We cannot thank the College of the Holy Cross enough for including those in need here in Palm Beach County in your generous giving. We here at the Food Bank are so grateful! And you can be assured that our network of partner agencies will provide nutritious food to those who need it most.”

All my best,

Karen C. Erren


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