Crew Team to Row for Western Mass. Food Bank Thursday, March 14

ergathon2When you see Smith crew team members on rowing machines outside the Campus Center on Thursday, March 14, stop by, cheer them on, learn how to use the machines, and pitch in your spare change or a larger contribution for the annual Ergathon.

Rowers will occupy the machines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chapin Lawn in front of the Campus Center to raise funds 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 organization based in Hadley that provides and serves 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 a dollar or two,” she said. “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. Past recipients of Ergathon fundraisers have included Habitat for Humanity, Safe Passage, and local homeless shelters.