Haunted Hayride fosters community spirit
Passalacaqua, chair of the "Haunted Hayride" Committee, presented
a check for $2,500 to Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider
on February 19. Designated towards a Norwich University Community Service
Scholarship, the money will benefit a deserving Norwich student with demonstrated
Twelve months of planning by a 14-member committee, and countless hours donated by more than two hundred volunteers - nearly half of them Norwich students - contributes to the overall success of the event, which gets bigger and better every year. Even with the cancellation of Saturday's rides due to heavy rain, the fundraiser netted $7,500 to benefit Norwich Community Service Scholarships, the Northfield Girls and Boy's Club, and Northfield High School's Project Graduation.
Passalacqua, a Northfield resident who has spearheaded the effort each of the past five years, commented on how the event has evolved into being far more than just a fall fundraiser.
"The event draws the whole community together, and fosters a positive relationship between the University and the town. It shows that when we work together, good things happen," said Passalacqua.
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