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Drury students raise money for Haiti, President takes a pie in the face

For Immediate Release: February 15

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Andrew Wiemer
Director of Leadership and Volunteer Development
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 15, 2010 — Drury University celebrated raising $1,750.94 for Haiti relief this past week by throwing pies at President Todd Parnell. Parnell and Andrew Wiemer, Director of Leadership and Volunteer Development, volunteered to take a pie in the face for every $50 donated in his name.


Parnell and Wiemer took the pastries head on over the lunch hour Monday, without trash bags. Together, students took turns bidding against one another for the chance to fling a pie at their president. While Parnell received three pies to the face, he didn’t leave empty handed. Parnell donated money for the chance to throw a pie at Wiemer.

“It’s not every day the president of your university gets to throw a pie at you,” said Wiemer.

VIDEO: Hope for Haiti - Pie in the Face

In addition to the contest, students raised money by selling t-shirts throughout the week and collecting donations at basketball games. Their fundraising efforts raised a total of $1750.94 for the cause.

“Students on the planning committee went above and beyond,” says Wiemer. “They really put their global perspective learning into action and made an effort to impact the world around them.”

Earlier in the semester, students raised $1589 at a prayer vigil. For the semester, Drury students have raised $3,339.94 for the victims of the Haitian earthquake. All of the money has been donated to Springfield-based relief agency Convoy of Hope to assist with its humanitarian work in Haiti.


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