University of the Virgin Islands President, Dr. David Hall, attended a hurricane relief fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Northeastern’s Alumni Center on Columbus Avenue in Boston. The primary goal of the fundraiser was to help provide essential supplies to students, faculty, and staff members at UVI —some of whom lost their homes when Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Virgin Islands.
“It was a very successful event,” Dr. Hall said. “I think that the people went away with a deep appreciation of our struggles and a deep commitment to trying to help us get some relief.”
The event featured an auction of sports memorabilia and other items. The Red Sox donated an autographed David Price jersey, and the Celtics committed to providing an Al Horford jersey. Several local businesses, including Oleana Restaurant, Sofra Cafe and Bakery, Karma Coffee, and La Campania Restaurant donated items for auction. STKing Associates provided two Celtics game tickets.
From this fundraiser, the UVI Relief Fund has raised $10,000 and other donations are also expected.
The secondary goal of the fundraiser was to shine a spotlight on the acute need in the Virgin Islands. “I was able to share with them what has happened as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and what we are doing to recover,” said Dr. Hall. “I emphasized the need for their support of the UVI Rise Relief Fund. We also used an Institutional Advancement slide presentation that showed the before and after pictures of the campus and people were very impressed with that.”
Dr. Hall was also invited to make a presentation at the St. Paul AME Church the next day. “Similar to what took place at the Ebenezar Baptist Church in Atlanta, they devoted the outreach offering basket to the UVI Relief Fund,” Dr. Hall said.
Sandra King, a marketing strategist for STKing Associates LLC, organized the fundraiser to benefit the University of the Virgin Islands hurricane relief effort. Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun’s office sponsored the event.
To help the UVI students, faculty and staff visit the UVI Rise Relief Fund page.