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Dorm throws quad carnival

Bridget Keating | Thursday, September 28, 2006

When Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, Welsh Family answered the call to serve and sprung into action with what has now become its signature event: the Welsh Family Block Party.

Tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight, the Whirlwinds are inviting the entire Notre Dame community to join them on West Quad for this second annual event. This year, proceeds will go to “Room To Read,” which establishes schools and educational infrastructure for young girls in Third World countries.

Hall presidents Lauren Murray and Lauren Shuttleworth led their hallmates through Welsh Family Spirit Week, which began Monday and has included an evening with Executive Director of the Alumni Association Chuck Lennon, Women’s Day with Mary Kay facials and hip-hop yoga. Tonight’s open block party is the week’s highlight and will emphasize Notre Dame and hall pride.

The Block Party will feature classic carnival games and fun throwback prizes such as goldfish and finger traps. Student body president Lizzi Shappell, vice president Bill Andrichik, rectors and various campus leaders will be sent swimming in the dunk tank. A full slate of entertainment will be on hand, including Ebb and Flow (formerly Harper Valley Drifters), Steppers, Harmonia, ND Bagpipe Band and ProShow DJs.

Voluntary donations will be collected throughout the evening to benefit “Room To Read,” a charity voted on by Welsh Family residents. After earning $1,000 last year for Katrina relief, the women are hopeful for a solid showing once again tonight.

“This is a fun event that brings Notre Dame together to contribute to a worthy cause,” Murray said.