(11-9-98) -- More than $11,000 in relief funds for the Nicaraguan victims of Hurricane Mitch was raised through the efforts of more than 25 students and administrators at the Boston College-Notre Dame football game on Saturday.
The students, most of whom are members of BC's Nicaragua Volunteers organization and other cultural immersion and support groups, gave up their own tickets to the game and worked throughout the afternoon to solicit cash from fans entering and exiting Alumni Stadium.
"We are really excited about what we were able to do," said Corey Watlington '99, who, along with classmate Katy Tobin, will lead a group of BC volunteers to Nicaragua during spring break in March. "We just got together last Thursday night and said, 'What can we do?'" Watlington said.
"We all came up with the same idea," he said, "knowing that the Notre Dame game would be the biggest one of the year."
Watlington said that the volunteers quickly made up flyers and T-shirts and were ready for the capacity crowd that arrived for the game.
"It went like clockwork," Watlington said. "The people there really got behind us."
One recent graduate attending the game presented the group with a check for $500. "It really says something about BC fans," Watlington said. "And, I guess, Notre Dame's, too."
In addition to the Nicaragua Volunteers group, students from Ignatio Volunteers and the Peace & Justice Coalition also assisted in the effort. University administrators assisting in the event were Chaplains Paula Norbert and Melissa Kelley, and Associate Dean Paul Chebator and Assistant Dean Mer Zovko from the Office of the Dean for Student Development. All four administrators involved in last week's project have accompanied student teams to Nicaragua in the past.
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