COLCHESTER, Vt. - Pies to the face will aid a good cause for the fourth straight year at Saint Michael's College this weekend, as Hope Happens Here (HHH) is hosting its second annual Pie a Purple Knight fundraiser on Saturday at halftime of the 1 p.m. men's lacrosse game at Duffy Field. Members of HHH and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - who operated the fundraisers in 2014 and 2015 - will help run the event, with proceeds raised for Pie a Purple Knight benefiting To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA).
Through a donation process, Saint Michael's community members can determine which of their favorite College representatives will be "pied" in the face at halftime: senior Matt Bonds, men's basketball captain; sophomore Chris Johnson, men's ice hockey; senior Mike McCarthy of Active Minds, a campus group that aims to destigmatize mental illness; Jon Milazzo, coordinator of athletic equipment and game operations; senior Lauren Sullivan, women's ice hockey; and sophomore Abi Walsh of Her Campus SMCVT, an online magazine. HHH representatives will have donation jars in Alliot Student Center between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day this week through which community members can cast their votes for who will be "pied". Milazzo is participating in his fourth pieing after being the high vote getter the past three years.
HHH is also continuing to be visible at Mental Health Awareness Games, where members help raise awareness about mental health wellness and available resources. Funds raised will benefit HHH and TWLOHA, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Learn more about the organization at twloha.com. HHH was on hand this past Tuesday at women's lacrosse, and will host additional Mental Health Awareness Games during Saturday's men's lacrosse contest and Wednesday's softball doubleheader at 3 p.m.
Under the direction of men's ice hockey seniors Danny Divis and Justin McKenzie, HHH works to promote mental health awareness among college students, in particular student-athletes. The group has held awareness-raising events at various athletic contests the past two years while spreading its message to local schools and at local conferences. Thanks in large part to their efforts with HHH, Divis and McKenzie were recently named co-winners of the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award. HHH has already donated more than $7,000 in the past few months alone to TWLOHA. Visit hopehappenshere.co to learn more about Hope Happens Here.