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Hall to bring pig to campus

Peter Durbin | Friday, April 19, 2013


Welsh Family Hall is bringing a little bit of the family farm to campus Saturday with its “Kiss a Pig” fundraising event.

The event will feature three teams, and whichever team raises the most money will have a chance to kiss an actual pig Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in front of Dillon Hall.

Sophomore Kelly Huffman, who coordinated the event, said it was created in an effort to develop a signature event for Welsh Family Hall.

“We were trying to come up with a new signature event for Welsh Fam and a girl in our dorm mentioned this idea,” she said.

Sophomore Ellie Tumminello, who participated in a similar event in high school, proposed the idea. 

The three teams participating are an Irish football team, an Irish hockey team and a faculty team.

The football team, which will raise money for the Kelly Cares Foundation, will be represented at the event by Troy Niklas, Matthias Farley, Cam McDaniel and Andrew Hendrix.

The hockey team will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Irish coach Jeff Jackson will also participate.

The faculty team will feature finance professor Carl Ackerman, psychology professor Anre Venter and chemistry professor Xavier Creary.  The team will raise money for Touching Tiny Lives, which benefits the children of AIDS victims in Africa.

Donations can be made in either dining hall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, as well as online through the “Kiss a Pig” Facebook page, Huffman said. Huffman said she hopes the online option will encourage donations from alumni.

Huffman said various AcoustiCafe artists will perform at the event Saturday. 

Along with Welsh Family Hall, the event is co-sponsored by the Student Union Board and the Pre-Vet Club, Huffman said.

Huffman said she hopes the “Kiss a Pig” event will be successful and can be continued in future years.