Stand with Siegfried Hall on the Day of Man
Letter to the Editor | Monday, February 22, 2021
Dearest members of the Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s community,
Usually around this time of year you see 200+ young, energetic gentlemen of Siegfried Hall dancing around the quads asking for donations. Some of you might have paid for a snow angel, others may have donated the last few dollars set aside for one more $2 margarita from Salsa’s. COVID-19 left a lot in question as to whether Day of Man would be allowed to carry on. Despite the even greater restrictions put in place this semester, the show must go on.
Day of Man is often characterized by scandalously dressed young men making fools of themselves. The fundraiser, while goodhearted, is laughed at, joked about and criticized often. This year, in light of the seriousness of the global pandemic, we’ve chosen to get back to the roots of our cause: to truly stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable population in the South Bend community. The South Bend Center for the Homeless has reached a deficit of over $1 million dollars since the beginning of the pandemic. The organization is unable to hold in-person fundraisers and unable to welcome community volunteers to serve. This year, rather than opening your Venmo account to the Rambler with the largest biceps, we ask you to open your hearts to donating to the organization that needs our time, talents and resources the most. In a year that has devastated some groups more than others, we are unable to sit back on the sidelines and watch.
And so, we are calling on you to stand with us (at a proper social distance of course) and donate to help a cause everyone can get behind. You may be asking, “So how will I find a Siegfried man to give my donation to?” Sadly, you won’t find us outside DeBart or the dining halls this year. In response to current restrictions on campus, our fundraising efforts will be fully virtual this year. You, your friends and family can all donate to this worthy fundraiser. Be on the lookout for QR codes posted throughout campus. The link is https://www.tinyurl.com/dayofman2021.
Forever freezin’ for a reason,
Your Day of Man commissioners:
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