Published: March 10, 2016
Assisted reporting by: Eliana Saks
Friday will mark The University’s eighth annual Shamrockin’ Eve. From 8:30 -11:00 p.m. in the Byron Center, seniors and alumni from 2006-2016 will award the coveted Class Cup Challenge Trophy to the class with the most donors. Proceeds from the event will go to the Royal Fund, which provides support for many university programs such as financial aid, research and campus priorities.
Started in 2009 by alumni and hosted by the advancement office, the event originally began as a way to get alumni involved and connected before their five-year reunions. Coordinator for recent graduate and student engagement Alex Maier said, “The Scranton St. Patty’s Day parade calls many alumni back to the area, so we decided to have the event the night before.” Since then, the vision of Shamrockin’ Eve has grown to include its fundraising component. Last year’s champions, the class of 2015, assembled over 200 donors for the cause.
This year’s title is “Shamrockin’ for others.” When asked what this meant to them, class of 2014 President Donald Castellucci said, “The Royal Fund really goes to support student scholarships and student activities. I was highly involved, and I received financial aid when I was there. And so I think that The University’s advancement team, they really do a great job to bring (the event) full circle and make it about being men and women for others. I mean it’s great to be able to go back and see friends, but it’s also great to make a difference. I think that’s something that drew a lot of us to The University; that opportunity to become men and women for others. Through the work of The University’s advancement team, they’ve done a great job and making it about philanthropy, making it about having a good time and really reengaging with classmates.”
One of the planners of the event, senior Erin McCormick is looking forward to her first Shamrockin’ Eve and its philanthropic aspect.
“At its core, it’s a charity event,” McCormick said. “We’re trying to help others while additionally having fun. It’s a fun environment (and) really fun for everyone involved.”
The group Kilrush will provide live music at the event. Tickets will include a beer, wine and soda bar in addition to lent-friendly foods like pizza, Stromboli and potato pancakes, among others. Ticketholders will also receive a T-shirt designed by the alumni committee.
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