By Megan Hervey
Class of 2011
The Gonzaga University Student Body Association organized a free concert Jan. 29 featuring Gonzaga’s popular student a cappella group the Big Bing Theory as part of Gonzaga’s multi-tiered response to support the immediate and ongoing needs in Haiti, devastated Jan. 12 by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
Samara Hanks, a student organizer for the event, said nearly 300 people attended the concert, raising more than $1,200 that will be donated to help Haiti.
Gonzaga also reached out to the family of University Ministry Director Rev. Craig Hightower, S.J., and 1989 and 1994 (M.A.) alumna Therese Hightower, whose niece Molly Hightower died in the quake while volunteering there. The GSBA also will host “Hairy for Haiti,” in which students who skip shaving donate money to the cause. Men can’t shave their faces; women can’t shave below the knee. GSBA also is hosting “GHarmony,” a matchmaking fundraiser.
The body of Molly Hightower – a graduate of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma and the University of Portland (2009) – was found in the rubble of a collapsed orphanage where she volunteered to help the organization “Friends of the Orphans.”
Other fundraising efforts include a “Haitian Teach-In” Feb. 22 and a Homecoming Dance Feb. 26. The Staff Assembly is donating $1,000 for the cause.
Gonzaga continues to develop plans to aid the Haitian people in this time of their greatest need. The University was reminded by President Thayne McCulloh of its mission to be women and men for others and of the intrinsic dignity of all people.