By MADELINE MILES and REBECCA O’NEIL News Writers Saint Mary’s Theatre Department offered audience members a new twist on an ancient myth with its rendition of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” which opened Thursday night at the College’s Little Theatre. The play is based on the classic Greek tale of lyrist Orpheus’ attempt to rescue his lover from Hades. Ruhl’s adaptation turns the story around and presents it from the perspective of the fallen lover. Theatre professor Katie Sullivan, who directed the play, said Ruhl’s adaptation gives theatre goers a unique experience of the story. “I am fascinated by her technique of sketching the story in broad, poetic strokes,” Sullivan said. “Ruhl leaves it to music, sound, movement and visual imagery to fill in the nuances and to make us feel the experience of the play.” The reimagining, Sullivan said, refreshes the story while staying true to its original message. “Primarily, though, the play resonates with the age-old message that love will always be what we must hold onto and that loss is, indeed, life’s most exquisite pain,” she said. The play’s ensemble was drawn from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s students. Senior theatre major Eva Cavadini led the cast as Eurydice; history professor Bill Svelmoe plays her father; Orpheus is played by Notre Dame freshman Kincaid Schmitz and the Lord of the Underworld is played by Holy Cross junior Nick DeDario. Kincaid said his first play at the Little Theatre was worthwhile. “It was difficult to get emotionally ready for it,” he said. “[The best part] is the wonderful cast I’ve gotten to work with. I think I’ll do another [play] here.” Sullivan said the play elicits a variety of reactions from different viewers. “You may find yourself laughing, crying or being caught up in the strange and beautiful visual imagery we have created for our Underworld,” she said. The effects that went into the Underworld and other scenes made the tech day during which rehearsals are done with full costume, props, sets and effects especially difficult, Svelmoe said. “It was the most technically complicated show I’ve ever been in,” he said. “We had four tech days and probably put in a total of 25 hours into coordinating our movements with special effects.” First year Tessa Mitchell, part of the play’s “chorus of stones,” said the fulfillment of the final product outweighed the demands of the stage. “It was hard work and stressful, but definitely worth it,” she said. “It’s so great to see it come to fruition on stage.” Junior Dilan Yuksel said she appreciated the play’s altered point of view. “It was definitely cool to see the other side of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice,” she said. “It was a really interesting play. I really enjoyed it.” The play will be performed tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre.
Student Government and the varsity lacrosse team will sponsor a Playing for Peace event Oct. 12 to use the power of athletics to form bonds with inner-city Chicago Catholic schools. Student body president Alex Coccia said the event in Chicago will bring together Notre Dame students and alumni to interact with students from Cristo Rey, Hales Franciscan and St. Malachy’s high schools for a day of service and sports. “[Playing for Peace] focuses on … building an educational culture and an ethos of conflict resolution, healthy competition-a lot of the principles you learn through sport,” Coccia said. “But at Notre Dame, we don’t want to do just sports. We want to relate it.” Varsity lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan said the lacrosse team will host free clinics for high school students with help from student and alumni volunteers, and then the day will end with networking opportunities. “Our goal is to use athletics and to use the energy and power of students and the brand of Notre Dame to help the students recognize and execute in the area [of service],” Corrigan said. According to its website, Playing for Peace began in October 2010 to seek support for the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan. Its first event was a 3v3 basketball tournament organized by Student Government, Irish basketball coach Mike Brey and Corrigan. Since then, Corrigan said Playing for Peace has taken on a broader goal. “The mission is to basically help our students recognize the opportunities that they have to work in the areas of social justice, and when we say peace, we mean that in the broadest sense,” he said. “So we want to do things that help our students and help our student athletes recognize the possibilities they have, whether it’s in their own community, whether it’s on campus, or whether it’s in Chicago or around the nation or whether it’s international.” Coccia said Chicago was an appropriate choice for a Playing for Peace event. “We thought we can have a big impact at home, and Chicago’s a great place for it in the inner city to really promote the culture of healthy competition … and that really comes down to the education component and that support at home,” he said. “For us, it was a matter of scope and scale, and we realized that Chicago just provides so many opportunities to really do something big and get a lot of students involved.” Coccia said he hopes those involved with this service project will maintain contact with the schools they help. “It’s one thing to go in and do a project and leave,” he said. “It’s another to utilize that opportunity to build relationships and connections. And that’s why I think students are going to have a really valuable time there because not only are they going to get to know the schools and the students there but also the alumni.” Corrigan said he is grateful for the help of the Monogram Club and the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Chicago for getting alumni involved with the event. The number of groups participating in this event shows how influential the Notre Dame community can be, Coccia said. “On a more macro level, too, it’s nice to see this event as something really focusing on Playing for Peace as a collaboration between athletics and Student Government and other campus groups to really show the power that athletics and the student body can have,” he said. Students can sign up for the event by emailing Coccia at [email protected] before Monday, Oct. 7. Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]
Within the next few weeks, the Club Coordination Council (CCC) will disburse funding for the University’s clubs, CCC president Jimmy McEntee said.The CCC is a student government organization that approves new clubs and allocates funding for each club.“We have each club submit a budget, and essentially, each club will meet with their division representatives and go over their budget,” McEntee said. “Two weeks from [Monday], we’ll allocate the funds to the various clubs.”McEntee said the CCC has approximately $300,000 to allocate to the more than 500 clubs at the University, and the CCC rarely allocates the full amount of a club’s request.“It’s very, very rare for a club to receive one hundred percent of their requested amount,” he said. “We go from their requested amount down to the amount that we feel we can give. It’s a tough process, and we try to be as fair as possible.”The number of new clubs has increased, while the amount of money available for allocation has remained relatively the same, McEntee said.“For example, two years ago, the University changed its policy that if there was a varsity athletic team for a sport, there could not be a club,” McEntee said. “Now, that rule has changed. For instance, there is club lacrosse and club soccer, which we really love and think is great for those who want to participate in sports but not as varsity athletes. But athletic clubs in general need a lot of money to participate.”McEntee said the CCC anticipates club requests to be a combined $450,000 for the upcoming year, although only $300,000 in funding is available.“As the CCC, we’ve struggled to solve the problem of not having enough money for our clubs, and I don’t see the University giving us any more money,” he said. “To be fair, I did a little research and compared the funding available at various universities on par with Notre Dame, and Notre Dame was one of the most generous, if not the most generous.”The CCC tries to support clubs that submit their budgets in a timely manner, as well as clubs that fundraise well, McEntee said.“All undergraduate clubs are required to fundraise ten dollars dues,” he said. “We think there are tons of resources available, whether it’s alumni or bake sales, and especially bigger clubs can fundraise to the point where they are really self-sufficient without University funds.“If a club fundraises a lot of money and does a lot of work outside and doesn’t rely solely on university funding, we’re much more likely to help them out because of that hard work, but also because they probably won’t need as much money because of the fundraising. The two go hand-in-hand.”Clubs are divided into six different groups, categorized as academic, athletic, cultural, performing arts, special interest or social service. The funding is not pre-allocated to any of the divisions, McEntee said.“When going through, it really doesn’t matter what division the club is in,” he said. “We do look at what divisions are getting more, and we do try to keep it across the board in terms of the percent cut from their initial request, so there is consistency.”Tags: CCC
This week’s Justice Friday lecture highlighted how Saint Mary’s women can impact students in the South Bend Community School Corporation.The conversation, led by assistant director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) Samira Payne, focused on the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) Program, which employs Saint Mary’s students to serve as tutors and teacher’s assistants in partnered schools.Payne said the CAT program works primarily with local Title I schools to strengthen the schools and local community. Two primary partners are Harrison Primary Center and Nevarre Intermediate Center.“We seek to provide resources through tutoring and teacher assistants, a pen pal program with fourth-graders and donating uniforms and school supplies,” Payne said. In the South Bend area, there are more students in need than the State of Indiana’s rates, Payne said.“In the State of Indiana only 41 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch in South Bend that number is 60%. In addition to that, in the State of Indiana, 75 percent of students are achieving at or above grade level and in South Bend it is 60%.”Payne said it is important to focus on the strengths of Saint Mary’s students and share those strengths to make the local schools and community stronger. Juniors Jade Johnson, Miranda Reed and sophomore Alexis Stigler have participated in the CAT Program and shared their unique experiences.Johnson said participants in the CAT Program serve as consistent and positive influences in the students’ lives.“You know that the consistency you’re giving them makes them hopeful,” Johnson said “I tutored the same girl over the course of a year, and when she started coming in she was unable to finish any homework beforehand. I saw a drastic change in her ability to learn. By the end of the year, she was completing a majority of her homework on her own and was even on the honor roll.”Reed said the best part of the experience was being able to see how much the kids come into themselves, develop confidence and focus on their risk taking abilities.“I was a teacher’s assistant last year, and I loved being able to give kids who need it one-on-one attention,” Reed said.Stigler, who helped tutor and read to local fourth graders, said it was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. “The kids are so excited, you wouldn’t believe how happy they are just to see us walk in the door. For me, the best moment was when a girl said she wanted to go to college because we were there,” Stigler said.Payne said the volunteers have a lot of fun in the CAT Program, but also all come together to discuss problems they might be facing.“All of the CAT Program participants come together to talk about their experiences, celebrate, vent and think about different issues that might be affecting their students,” Payne said. “It is not just about providing resources. We also talk about what more we can do to impact change.” Payne said Saint Mary’s women should consider how they can create long-lasting, sustainable change and also focus on considering how to best help students who need immediate help. The Justice Friday lecture series takes place every Friday from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Conference Room A and B of the Student Center. Tags: Justice Friday, Office of Civic and Social Engagement, saint mary’s
The women of McGlinn Hall will turn the LaFortune Ballroom into a casino for the night this Saturday, as the dorm hosts its annual Casino Night fundraiser, open to all Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students.According to Kaleigh O’Boyle, one of McGlinn’s Casino Night co-commissioners, the event will run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the LaFortune Ball Room. O’Boyle said the event will feature blackjack and roulette tables, as well as an all-night poker tournament. There will be plenty of chances to win exciting prizes, she said.“The winner of the poker tournament gets a $100 gift card to the bookstore and second place winner gets a $50 gift card to the bookstore,” O’Boyle said. “In addition to that … you get fake cash when you come in and you can gamble with your fake cash. So at the end of the night … you can hand in your fake cash for raffle tickets and then we’ll be drawing prizes from local businesses in the area, like Einstein’s, Five Guys [and] South Bend Chocolate Factory.”All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Saint Adalbert Catholic School, a grammar school in South Bend, O’Boyle said. McGlinn Hall residents tutor Saint Adalbert’s students throughout the year, and O’Boyle said the hall has a great partnership with them.“Casino Night is a really fun way to have a good time with your friends and also do something good for these kids who are really hardworking and really deserving of our help,” O’Boyle said.According to O’Boyle, Casino Night raised more than $2,000 last year. The fundraising goal this year is to surpass, or at least match, that amount.O’Boyle said she is hoping for a big turnout for Casino Night.“Honestly, I would just love it to be full of people who are having fun and who are happy they’re there,” O’Boyle said. “I think its a great way to have friendly competition and I think that really attracts a lot of people. So as long as people are happy and we’re getting some good funds in for Saint Adalbert’s, I’ll be pretty happy.”O’Boyle said students can buy tickets at the door and check out the event’s Facebook page for more information.Tags: McGlinn Casino Night, McGlinn Hall
Three Saint Mary’s seniors will carry on the College’s legacy for service, as their participation in Notre Dame’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will enable them to join the military after graduation.Despite being the Army battalion commander and receiving a senior award from the ROTC program, biology major Emilie Vanneste said the most rewarding part of her life is yet to come.“I think when I commission, it’s going to feel like I’m done with one small chapter, and the rest of my Army career is going to start,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to be in the service. “Navy midshipman first-class and nursing major Abigail Waller said ROTC is helping her achieve her goals.“I don’t think I’ll start accomplishing things until I get out and start helping people,” she said. “[ROTC] is like a stepping stone.”Air Force wing commander and computing and applied mathematics major Megan O’Bryan recently received the Commander’s leadership award. O’Bryan said she credits her success to being a student at Saint Mary’s.“Coming here, I was pretty shy,” O’Bryan said. “I can now say I’ve done a complete 180. I’ve learned how to be a leader and how to be the best that I can be to help others and my peers.”According to Vanneste, these women have spent 20-25 hours training each week for the past four academic years. She said training entails participating in lab, class and physical challenges.Waller said managing her time was one of the biggest difficulties of participating in ROTC.“It’s an interesting dichotomy, always trying to schedule classes with clinical,” she said. “It got easier once I had a car. My first year, I was riding my bike in the snow over to Notre Dame at 5 [a.m.]”O’Bryan, who is also a member of the Notre Dame marching band, said it was difficult to manage the ROTC time commitment while trying to be an average college student, so she had to switch her major.“It’s hard to make time socially,” she said. “At first, I was trying to do the engineering program, but it was too many credits. I recommend picking your battles and going from there.”Vanneste said the time commitment helped her to increase her level of self-discipline and has helped all of the cadets grow closer together.“You have to be up, you have to be at certain things at certain times and keep the GPA up,” she said. “One of the biggest challenges is prioritizing who you want to be as a college student with who you want to be as a cadet. You have a lot of camaraderie there.”However, O’Bryan said Saint Mary’s accommodated her busy schedule.“A lot of people are really supportive,” she said. “People have been really flexible, especially when they know my ROTC schedule is super chaotic.”Waller said ROTC has also helped her to develop skills she can use beyond the Navy.“I think, on a personal note, it has really helped me develop my professionalism and leadership,” she said. “It’s given me a way to be a part of something that’s much bigger than myself. I wouldn’t know college without [ROTC].”All three women said they are unsure of how long they will serve, but each will begin by serving for four years.Waller will move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to work in Portsmouth Hospital when she is deployed. When she is done with service, she said she would like to return to school to become a nurse practitioner.O’Bryan will go to the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where she will work as a personnel officer, helping to provide others with the resources they need. After serving, she said she hopes to enter the graphic design industry.Vanneste will begin her service at Fort Gordon in Georgia but then will transfer to a Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) in Germany. Upon her leave, she hopes to teach elementary education and possibly return to school to earn a master’s degree, she said.O’Bryan said she is looking forward to being commissioned.“Part of the reason I joined was to see the world, and I’ve always really enjoyed helping other people,” she said. “I always knew I wanted to serve my country or just help people. This seemed like the best way to do it.”Tags: Army, basic officer leader course, dover air force base, Navy, portsmouth hospital, ROTC
A group of 19 men who make up the Notre Dame men’s ultimate frisbee team, pulled off a major upset, defeating heavily favored No. 8 University of Central Florida while running around in Lowe’s construction tool belts with frosted tips over spring break.“We beat them while having a lot more fun than them,” senior Connor Buckley, one of the men’s team captains, said. “That was just really fun to be able to beat a top-10 team [and] show that we can stay that competitive but just have a ton of fun doing it.”Welcome to the world of Notre Dame Ultimate Frisbee, a place where the Jonas Brothers ride high as the greatest boy band of all time and the third floor of LaFortune Student Center is championed as a Holy Land despite many students not knowing this floor even exists.The club, which is made up of 95 athletes in total, consists of four different teams — a men’s and a women’s program, both consisting of A and B levels. However, the club functions as a single unit in almost all other respects, even going as far as to collectively share a Twitter account.“We show up on each other’s sidelines, we’re super loud [and] we’re super supportive,” senior women’s captain Meg Cullen said. “It gets in a lot of other teams’ heads when there’s 30 guys just on the sideline yelling and being rowdy, but it’s all in good spirit.”This distinct, supportive mentality along with the outward goofiness of the team — including but not limited to bringing Will Ferrell cut-outs to tournaments and playing dining hall games ending with the loser dumping his or her drink on their head — led to Ultiworld recently ranking Notre Dame as the ninth-best brand in college ultimate frisbee.Senior men’s captain Steven Campillo said the team has a reputation as both fun and competent.“[The] guys teams have won games where the other teams are like, ‘You guys beat us because you were having more fun than us,’ which is an absurd thing to think about in a sport, but it’s something that really propels us to be better players,” Campillo said.The club recently returned from its spring break “training trip” in Florida, where it scrimmaged other college teams and spent a week doing conditioning, leadership activities and team-building, all culminating with the Tally Classic tournament held the final weekend of break.Bonding efforts such as these have clearly paid off — many graduates of the team return to campus every year for its “Alumni Weekend,” a rare phenomenon at the club level.“There will be easily 60 to 80 alumni that come back,” Cullen said. “Some graduated like 15 years ago and they still come back every [alumni] weekend just because there’s just this sense of community and this sense of just being a part of something bigger. That’s what makes ND Ultimate so special.”However, don’t let the sideline pool-noodle fights cloud the vision of these men and women as athletes. Although the men’s team has come up one game short of making it to nationals three of the last four years, the women’s team qualified for the tournament in both 2015 and 2017, the latter of which saw the team tie for ninth nationally. One of the athletes on that team, class of 2017 alumna Julia Butterfield, went on to help the United States national team win a gold medal at the 2018 World Under-24 Ultimate Championships in Perth, Australia.“In schools like Notre Dame where there’s so many kids who played sports all through high school, [students will] want to join a team, but maybe don’t necessarily want to do a sport they’ve been playing for 14 years, so I feel like a lot of those people then come to frisbee,” Cullen said.Senior club co-president and women’s captain Colleen Scott sees success for the team as much more than a simple win-loss record, however. For her, Notre Dame Ultimate is about creating a culture of inclusion as much as one of athletic achievement.“The people ahead of us were able to create an environment where you can just be authentically yourself,” Scott said. “There’s so many spots on this campus where you feel pressured to be a certain way, especially your freshman year when you have to make friends and you have to fit in. We try to be that one spot where they can just come and be whoever they want to be.”The men’s and women’s teams will soon be competing in their sectional tournaments in Indianapolis starting April 13, and their regional tournaments in Joliet, Illinois, starting April 27 with hopes of securing a place at nationals Memorial Day weekend.Tags: ND Ultimate Frisbee, Notre Dame Club Sports, Tally Classic, UCF
Over 1,500 students flocked to South Quad on Wednesday evening to explore faith-based opportunities as part of Campus Ministry’s fifth annual Feed Your Faith event. The event featured music blasting across South Quad as students gathered to learn more about Campus Ministry and its resources while food trucks handed out comfort food. Volunteers also gave out free shirts adorned with the Campus Ministry logo. Ann Curtis | The Observer Father Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, speaks to attendees at the annual Feed Your Faith event on South Quad. The event seeks to introduce students to various Campus Ministry resources.Mike Urbaniak, Campus Ministry’s assistant director of pastoral care, said the event aimed to help students socialize and become familiar with campus ministry.“We want people to come out with some friends, have some fun and food, and meet some of the great organizations and programs that we have around faith here on campus,” Urbaniak said.Urbaniak also said he hoped the event would demonstrate to students the richness of faith life on campus. In addition to six food trucks, the event featured 46 different tables representing Campus Ministry and other faith-based clubs and organizations. For Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, those tables are important for connecting students with opportunities to practice their faith.“When I think about Feed Your Faith, it really is an opportunity to showcase all the great work that Campus Ministry is doing, but also the other great clubs and departments around campus,” he said. While the event was open to all undergraduate and graduate students, McCormick thinks its timing at the beginning of the school year appeals to a first-year crowd looking to get involved. Marie Latham, a sophomore in the Folk Choir, returned to the event for a second year in a row. She recalled her enthusiasm to explore opportunities last year, but hesitation to join them. “I definitely signed up for a lot of email lists,” she said. “I think at that point I was a little overcommitted already.”For McCormick, that ability to discover opportunities with no commitment is part of the event’s strategy.“The way we think about it is: ‘Hey, we’re going to show you all the things,” McCormick said. Even if students feel overwhelmed during their freshman year, the event still familiarizes them with the options available for later on in their college careers, McCormick said.“You have the wherewithal to then say, ‘Ok, I’m going to reach out to them because I’m really interested now,” McCormick said.Marilyn Zizumbo and Kassandra Perez, a sophomore and junior staffing the Latino Student Ministry table, hoped to encounter some interested students.Perez said she wanted to tell students about the weekly Spanish mass as well as retreats and other events the organization sponsors.“It’s geared for the Latino community, but it is for everyone” she added. Opportunities like student ministries attracted freshman freshman Crystal Lin to the event.The Pangborn Hall resident is not religious, but she wanted to learn more about ways to explore religion at her new school. “I hope to learn more about the different clubs or things about religion on campus,” she said. While not exactly sure what to look for, Lin had a general idea of what type of organization she wanted to join.“A community to hang out with,” she said, as music from Disney’s “Frozen” rolled over South Quad. “But maybe do dance or something like that.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Community, Feed Your Faith, Latino Student Ministry
Liam Dacey, a Notre Dame alumnus (’04), gave a talk about the past, present and future of LGBTQ+ acceptance at Notre Dame on Friday in DeBartolo Hall. As an undergraduate, Dacey co-founded the University’s Queer Film Festival. Today, he is a board member of Gay & Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame & St. Mary’s (GALA-ND/SMC), an officially unrecognized alumni group. Spectrum co-sponsored the talk with Diversity and Inclusion.Dacey said he came out as gay his sophomore year at Notre Dame, during which he considered transferring colleges. However, he said support from professors helped him decide to stay.“I remember, I’m meeting with Jill Godmilow, who’s an emeritus Professor now in FTT. And she was like, ‘You have to stay, there’s not enough gay people here. We need you,’ and she got other professors to talk to me and try to encourage me to stay, especially in the film department.”Dacey said he came up with the idea for the Queer Film Festival the next year.“I met someone who was the chair of GALA at the time, Gus Hinojosa, and I remember at Starbucks — this might have been later in my junior year — but we were just shooting the breeze and I was like, ‘Hey, maybe we should do like a gay film festival or an LGBT film festival,’ and he was like, ‘That’s a great idea.’”In 2004, Notre Dame had its first Queer Film Festival.“It was kind of a surreal weekend, the first festival especially. And at the end — it was like a three or four-day thing — we screened the last film at the Hesburgh Library.”On the last day of the festival, Dacey said he and a group of festival members visited Fr. Hesburgh’s office.“We met with Fr. Hesburgh, told him what we were doing — we just did the first-ever LGBT Film Festival at Notre Dame — and he blessed us. He compared what we were doing to what he did during the Civil Rights movement.”In his talk, Dacey also recalled a conversation he once had with Fr. Mark Poorman, the former Vice President of Student Affairs at Notre Dame. Dacey wanted an LGBT student club on campus.“I remember I asked him in his office once, ‘What’s it going to take? Why can’t we just get a student club?’ And he told me, in a very candid moment, ‘It’s just there’s not enough trust.’ And he was like, ‘Put yourself in the administration’s shoes. What if an LGBT student club, like, had some wild gay pride parade in the middle of campus? What would we do? How would we answer to alumni?’”Dacey cited Notre Dame’s position as a Catholic university as an institutional obstacle to progress on LGBTQ+ issues.“Here you not only have academia but you also have the Catholic Church,” Dacey said. “So you have two powerful forces working there. But that being said, I don’t think Notre Dame would have progressed as much as it has if it didn’t allow for progressive change.”Describing the future of Notre Dame’s non-discrimination clause, which currently does not include sexual and gender identity, Dacey brought up the Supreme Court’s upcoming Title VII decision. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act outlaws employee discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion and national origin; the future legal protection of sexual and gender identity depends on the court’s decision.“I think whatever ruling they do there will definitely affect what Notre Dame ends up doing,” he said.Even if the Supreme Court votes in opposition, however, Dacey said he believes the University will eventually expand its non-discrimination clause.“If they don’t rule in our favor at the Supreme Court, and it just kind of goes back into Notre Dame’s hands,” Dacey said. “I think it’s going to take longer. I’m still optimistic it will happen, but I don’t see that happening easily and anytime soon.”Tags: GALA, GALA-ND/SMC, LGBTQ, Queer Film Festival
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.CELORON – Officials with the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel presented a $20,000 check to the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County on Wednesday afternoon.David Hart, President and CEO of Hart Hotels, presented the check to Lew Meckley, the Child Advocacy Board President, during a ceremony outside the harbor hotel.The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) helps children and families suffering from physical and sexual abuse.Meckley says the funding will be used to help offset costs that are not covered by traditional grants the program receives. “Inevitably there are needs that people come to us with that don’t fit exactly into a grant line or a specific area like that, so this allows us to fill those gaps,” explained Meckley.Meckley says CAP’s mission is to create a safe and engaged community to bring healing, hope, and justice to the children and families.“As you can only imagine it’s really traumatic for the child and for the family, not only the abuse, but then sharing their story and moving through that process,” furthered Meckley.The check presentation ceremony took place more than five months after the annual Fire & Ice Celebration where a percentage of funds from the event were donated to the non-profit organization.Chautauqua Harbor Hotel is a 135-room luxury property on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in the Village of Celoron.