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Event raises funds for homeless

Drew Pangraze | Monday, February 13, 2012

The men of Siegfried Hall will brave the frigid February weather Wednesday in nothing but a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.

The annual event, called the “Day of Man,” helps raise money for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. 

Sophomore Eddie Linczer, Siegfried Hall president, said the Ramblers will take shifts accepting donations across campus throughout the day. 

“All the men of Siegfried will be carrying around cups to accept donations,” Linczer said.  “We will be standing outside of both dining halls at meal times and classroom buildings in between periods in order to raise money.”

Day of Man Commissioner junior Andrew Ritter said the event is about more than just raising money.  

“It also works to raise awareness that many people in the South Bend community fight the incessant cold of winter,” he said. “They are cold every day, so we exaggerate the situation…to raise awareness. As we say, if the homeless are cold every day, why can’t we be for one [day]?” 

Day of Man is now in its sixth year. Former Rambler Robbie Bernardin came up with the idea for the fundraiser back in 2007.

Over the years, Day of Man has grown in recognition and become one of Siegfried Hall’s signature events, Ritter said. 

“The event does a good job of uniting the guys under one cause,” he said. “There’s nothing quite like the camaraderie of guys standing outside in the cold, freezing together, that pulls people together.

“The event also lets the guys contribute back to the community and become an integral part of it by helping out such a worthy cause with all of the other Ramblers.” 

He said the fundraising goal for this year is to reach $7,000 in donations. 

Ritter said that each year, advertising has been the biggest challenge.

“We want to make sure word gets out early that the event is coming because students do not typically carry much money with them around campus,” he said. “More importantly, advertising brings awareness … Any help for the event would be much appreciated.” 

The men of Siegfried will also be sporting an official Day of Man T-shirt tomorrow. Extra shirts will be sold in Siegfried Hall, Ritter said. 

“Anyone is more than welcome to buy one,” he said. “Proceeds from the shirt [will] contribute to the fund-raising effort.”