Team to Row for Western Mass. Food Bank
crew team members will defy the cold for a good cause on
Friday, March 9, as they strengthen their skills on rowing
machines outside throughout the day to raise money for
a local charity.
Rowers will occupy the machines
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chapin Lawn in front of the Campus
Center as part of this year’s annual Ergathon, a crew
team campaign to raise funds for their spring training costs
and collect contributions for charity. Proceeds raised during
their day of rowing, and a subsequent house collection, will
go to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, a nonprofit
organizztion based in Hadley that provides serves and food
to more than 100,000 people.
The team hopes to raise more
than $1,000 in donations, said Karen Klinger ’87, head
crew coach and a former Smith crew team member. “We
welcome the community to donate, to come by and learn to
use the machines, or to just cheer the group on.”
Team rowers will be on hand
to collect donations throughout the day. This year's team
is 67 rowers strong, including 16 seniors.
Other past recipients of Ergathon
fundraisers have included Habitat for Humanity, Safe Passage,
and local homeless shelters.
The crew team also raises funds
for its spring training trips through a letter campaign during