Rowing Raises Money For Get In Touch Foundation

VVPIORKXPTGJDDK.20140624172250The final tally is in and the men’s and women’s rowing teams of Fairfield University could not be happier. The Stags helped raise more than $3,000 for The Get In Touch Foundation, an organization which provides free breast health educational initiatives to girls in grades 5-12 all over the world. ¬†Foundation President and CEO Mary Ann Wasil was a speaker during this year’s Generation W.

The teams sold hot pink shoelaces as part of “Laces for Lana.” Lana Ritzel, the mother of McLane and Olympic gold medalist Taylor Ritzel, passed away from breast cancer in 2010. The women’s rowing team also showed their support during regattas by wearing breast cancer shirts as well as replacing heal ties in their boats with the hot pink laces. The Get In Touch Foundation promotes health initiatives alongside “Laces for Lana.”

The Stags also sold custom Livestrong bracelets that said “Fairfield Fights Back” and “Go Stags” as well as plastic stadium cups.

“This fundraiser was a huge success considering the short time in which it was organized,” Nicole Antonucci ’16 said. “We hope that next year we can at least double the amount of money we raise for the Get In Touch Foundation.”

“We are grateful for the exuberant team spirit that these young men and women’ exhibited by achieving success in their grassroots fundraising endeavor and joining The Get In Touch Foundation in our mission,” Mary Ann Wasil said. “It is passionate partners like the Fairfield University men’s and women’s rowing teams that help make our mission a reality.”