Friday, September 14, 2012

Pie Auction to raise money for MDA

Several Randolph community members are ready to take a pie in the face to help raise money to help people with muscular dystrophy.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m., the College will hold a pie auction. People can bid money on the opportunity to throw a pie. A group of faculty, staff, and students have volunteered to be targets.

Dave Piercy, resident director for Main Hall, organized the event as part of a larger fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). “It was a no-brainer for me to get involved. They are an organization near to my heart, as one of my best friends has muscular dystrophy,” he said. “Anything I could do to help MDA seemed like a good use of my time and energy.”

Help Raise Bail

Even if you can’t make it to the pie auction, you can help raise money for those with muscular dystrophy by contributing online to fundraising efforts by Dave Piercy, resident director for Main Hall, and Chris Mitchell, equestrian coach.
Piercy recently received a phone call from a representative of the MDA who wanted to invite a former residence life staff member to participate in the MDA Lock-Up, in which people volunteer to be “arrested” and locked up for an hour to raise awareness and money. Piercy decided to take the place of the former staff member, and he will be locked up from 3 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Piercy set a goal to raise $2,400, enough to send three children with muscular dystrophy to a summer camp. He hopes to raise $300 of that with bids and donations in the pie auction on Tuesday.

Here is a list of those who have volunteered to be targets, in addition to Piercy:

  • Terry Bodine—assistant dean of students and director of residence life
  • Matha Thornton—dean of students
  • Carl Girelli—dean of the College
  • Paula Wallace—associate dean of the College
  • Mace Archer—theatre professor
  • Jackie Beard—lead switchboard operator
  • Amanda Denny—director of student activities
  • Christine Gnieski ’13
  • Gage Stuntz ’13
  • Sara Kasey ’14
  • Cam Hall ’13

Those who bid for the chance to toss a pie at these volunteers get to throw a pie at them. However, any of the targets can earn the right to throw a pie at their high bidder by doubling the bid themselves.

Chris Mitchell, the College’s new equestrian coach, also is participating in the MDA Lock-Up on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. His goal is to raise $2,700. He said the fundraiser seemed like a great opportunity to help the community and the MDA.

Online contributions are also available for Piercy’s and Michell’s fundraisers.