COLCHESTER, Vt. - Pies to the face will aid a good cause for the sixth straight year at Saint Michael's College next week, as Hope Happens Here (HHH) is hosting its fourth annual Pie a Purple Knight fundraiser next Wednesday at halftime of the 3:30 p.m. women's lacrosse game at Duffy Field. That contest will also be among HHH's five Mental Health Awareness events this spring as part of You Are Loved Week.
Now in its fourth school year as a campus organization, HHH is continuing its 2018-19 programming this spring after also holding Mental Health Awareness events for numerous fall and winter teams. Softball begins the slate when it hosts nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before women's lacrosse entertains Franklin Pierce University the next day at 3:30 p.m. HHH members will be grilling free food for fans at the women's lacrosse game. Next Saturday, April 13, features two awareness contests, as men's tennis takes on Stonehill College at 12 p.m. for what is also its Senior Day match before baseball opposes Assumption College at 3 p.m. Men's lacrosse caps the stretch of Mental Health Awareness events against Saint Anselm College on April 16 at 3:30 p.m.
The Purple Knight teams are all slated to don special HHH warm-up T-shirts for their events to show their support for the cause. Members of HHH and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - who operated the fundraisers in 2014 and 2015 - will help run Pie a Purple Knight, with proceeds benefiting the organization.
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 on April 10: senior Samantha Delaney, women's basketball; senior Winston Jones II, men's basketball; senior Jake Myers, men's ice hockey and Student Government Association president; junior Jordan Monbouquette, women's ice hockey; sophomore Molly Nemes, women's cross country; first-year Andy Ide, men's ice hockey; and Shannon Bollhardt, women's basketball head coach and SAAC adviser. HHH representatives will have donation jars in Alliot Student Center between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Monday through which community members can cast their votes for who will be "pied", as well as at Susan Dirks' P'21 7 p.m. speaking engagement on Tuesday in the McCarthy Arts Center, when she discusses mental health in college students. You Are Loved Week kicks off with a one-hour yoga and mindfulness session on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Dion Family Student Center's Roy Room.
HHH continues to be visible at Mental Health Awareness events, where members help raise awareness about mental health wellness and available resources. A group established in 2015-16 under the direction of men's ice hockey alumni Danny Divis '17 and Justin McKenzie '17, HHH promotes mental health awareness and mental well-being among college students, in particular student-athletes. The group has held awareness events the last four years, including at various athletic contests, and the organization established additional HHH chapters at various schools around the country, including within the Northeast-10 Conference. Visit hopehappenshere.co and smchopehappenshere.wixsite.com/website for more information.