The Newman University community is responding to the devastating earthquake and aftermath in Haiti with a number of charitable projects and events during January.
'Help 4 Haiti Charity Week'
From Jan. 25 to Jan. 30, Newman students will stage "Help 4 Haiti Week" to bring food and water to survivors of the earthquake, and to help support relief efforts in Haiti by the International Red Cross. The Newman community is asked to bring non-perishable food items or water for earthquake victims to collection boxes in the Gorges Atrium.
In addition, admission to the women's and men's basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 30 will be free for anyone wearing a blue shirt (preferably the Newman "Superfan" t-shirt) and donating two or more canned food items. The women's game begins at 2 p.m., and the men's game at 4:30 p.m., both in Fugate Gymnasium. Before and during the games, students will offer free face-painting and sell "Superfan" shirts for $10, with all proceeds going to the International Red Cross for its work in Haiti. Prizes will also be awarded at half-time of each game - one for a musical chairs contest, and one based on a drawing from tickets participants receive for each can of food they donate at the games.
For more information, to volunteer, or to purchase a "Superfan" shirt in advance, contact Brian Alvarez.
Charity Night for Haiti
A social and dance to raise funds for Haiti is scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Jan. 29 in the Dugan Library and Campus Center. The event will begin with a social gathering from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Tarcisia Roths, ASC Alumni Lounge. The social will feature food and beverages, including adult beverages for those 21 and over with a valid drivers license. Adult beverages are available at no cost although donations will be accepted. A dance with music provided by a DJ, refreshments and snacks will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. Dress is cocktail attire or business formal. Tickets are $15 for Newman faculty, staff and alumni, and $10 for students with an I.D. from any university or high school. Additional free-will donations of cash or checks are welcome. All proceeds - including entrance fees and additional donations - will go to Catholic Relief Services.
"This is open to the general public, so please spread the word to family and friends to help make this event successful," said Newman student Ashley Myers, who is organizing the event. "Anything you can do to help would be more than appreciated. This is our time to come together and support a much-needed cause. I hope and pray that you join us at the Charity Night for Haiti."
For more information, contact Myers.
Make a monetary gift online
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC), Newman's founding and sponsoring order, reminds anyone wishing to make a monetary gift to consider giving through Catholic Relief Services (crs.org/) or through whitehouse.gov, which will go directly to the International Red Cross.