Saint Anselm's SAAC's Focus On Hocus Pocus ... And Beyond

Saint Anselm's SAAC's Focus On Hocus Pocus ... And Beyond


For Immediate Release

November 29, 2011

Courtesy of the Saint Anselm Athletics Communications Staff

The Saint Anselm College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee planned a very special way to have some fun this past Halloween and there was nothing scary about it. The college's committee raised upwards of $1,500 as a result of their Hocus Pocus program, with all proceeds earmarked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Additionally, this Thanksgiving, SAAC partnered with other campus departments to donate Thanksgiving-themed baskets to local charities.

The Hocus Pocus program was the committee's latest idea to raise funds. In exchange for a $10 donation to the program, student-athletes were surprised with a Boo Basket filled with candy and prizes, as well as a pumpkin note card that could be personalized by the gift-giver and included with the package.

Last season, the Hocus Pocus program raised over $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the goal this season was to eclipse that number. This year, over 184 baskets were requested by the families of student-athletes, raising $1,624 towards this noteworthy cause. Some of the donations returned to the school were more than the suggested $10, truly making it a Happy Halloween for the beneficiaries of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"On behalf of SAAC, we would like to say 'thank you' and we hope that this fundraiser continues to grow," said Andrew Parker, a captain of the men's soccer team and the chairman of SAAC. "Hopefully [our fundraising efforts] reach the $2,000 mark someday."

Moving forward, raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation remains a priority, but the group's generosity was also evident on Thanksgiving. Saint Anselm College student-athletes and their teams put together baskets of food this past Thanksgiving to donate to the annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive as part of a Campus wide event.

Donations by the Saint Anselm College athletic teams exceeded last year's cumulative total of baskets, as 38 containers were donated toward the cause. With today's economic climate providing more of a challenge to provide for the needy, last year's totals were bested with the beneficiaries being local families throughout the City of Manchester.

The baskets were blessed in a ceremony held in Saint Anselm's Abbey Church on Nov. 21 with many in the Saint Anselm College community turning out to both support the event and offer a hand with the distribution of the baskets. Partnering with the Catholic Charities Organization, SAAC and the many departments across the campus combined to ensure that the needy within the city were provided for.