On Sunday, March 6, at 1 p.m. students and faculty will congregate in front of Reamer Campus Center for the fourth annual Dutchmen Dip.
The Dutchmen Dip, organized by Colleges Against Cancer, is an event that raises money and support for Justin Lloyd ’16 and Kristen Shinebarger (the 14-year-old daughter of Director of Student Services Shelly Shinebarger), both of whom are members of the Union community battling cancer.
All the money raised by the event will go to directly to the families, in order to aid with the cost of medical bills. The profit will be divided evenly between the families.
Last year, the community raised over $15,000, prompting the organizers to increase the goal to $20,000 this year.
“We were very happy with our success last year. Both the total donations and the participation on the day of were overwhelmingly unanticipated but greatly appreciated! This year, we have set the goal for $20,000 – hoping to raise approximately $10,000 for each of our heroes (Justin Lloyd and Kristen Shinebarger). As of now, we are nearing our halfway mark and anticipating more donations to come in this final week,” said Laura Schaffer ’17 co-president (along with Jake Ulrich ’17) of Colleges Against Cancer.
New for the dip this year are campus celebrity dippers, who have agreed to partake in the event if a certain amount of money is donated on their behalf. They include Senior Lecturer of Biology Brian Cohen, Officer Finazzo of Campus Safety, Lecturer of Geology Matt Manon and Liz Artz, the director of Greek Life.
This is the first time faculty members will be involved in the event this way.
Schaffer attributes the success of the event (which has grown rapidly in the past four years) to the hard work of the event founders Kaitlyn Suarez ’16 and Maria Dreeszen ’14, and the dedicated board members in Colleges Against Cancer.
“To see it come together in just a couple of hours is exciting, relieving, rewarding, and most importantly – so meaningful. But we really could not do it without the hard work of our board, club members, a number of different services on campus…and of course Whalen with the donation of the water slide,” Schaffer stated.
She continued, “Our success is also so dependent on the support of people at Union and in the extended Union community.”
“It’s really great seeing the campus come together to support members of our community that are fighting this disease…it shows them that they are not alone in this time,” said Ulrich ’17.
To donate to the Dutchmen Dip, visit their donation or Facebook page.