BRISTOL, R.I. – For more than two months, they campaigned for students’ votes and held competitive fundraisers to raise money for pediatric healthcare research, all while gearing up for the contest finale – a Miss America-style pageant in which male students compete to be crowned Mr. RWU.
One of Roger Williams University’s signature annual events, the Mr. RWU pageant held on November 23 raised $16,821 to support pediatric care, research and education at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. Since 2008, the pageant has raised more than $60,000 for the hospital.
“This fundraiser has become a University tradition,” said event founder Carol Sacchetti, director of Student Programs and Leadership at RWU. “When new students come to Orientation, they learn about this awesome opportunity to support the state’s only children’s hospital, which is practically on their doorstep. The response has been phenomenal from our students, faculty and staff.”
BRISTOL, R.I. – Amidst the crunch of end-of-semester projects and preparing for finals, students, faculty and staff took a moment Wednesday evening to celebrate the holiday season with music and a light show.
White lights draped the trees and old-fashioned lamps on D’Angelo Common to greet the RWU community for the 11th annual Winter Illumination. A festive array of treats was on offer – a gingerbread cookie decorating station, hot cider and cocoa, as well as fresh-popped kettle corn – as friends gathered on the common to enjoy holiday music performed by student a capella groups Hawkward and Drastic Measures.
True to tradition, the spirit of the giving season was honored as Student Senate representatives Caitlin Averill and Max Bedrosian presented a check for $315 to the Women’s Resource Center of Bristol & Newport Counties. Criminal justice major Susan Alexander, who also serves as the Center’s court and shelter advocate, was on hand to accept the check on the organization’s behalf.