Colonial Chaos raises six grand for CFF

Patrick Ryan, News Editor

RMU’s Sport Management Association in conjunction with the Student Public Relations Society paired up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for a second charitable event for the foundation in as many months.

Last month, the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority presented RMU’s campus with a male beauty pageant in the Sewall Center where they raised over two grand for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

On Nov. 30, as a result of Colonial Chaos, the RMU student organizations raised an additional $5,740, every cent of which to go to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Megan Herbstritt, a student at Robert Morris University and the leading individual contributor to the effort, bringing in $1,056 alone to the cause is just happy she could help support a good cause.

“I really owe all the credit to my dad, Ed.” Herbstritt said. “He is a secretary at PFL and CMF and part of their duties is to donate to charities anyway. Each of those companies donated $500 each and I came up with the other $56.”

The entire day of Nov. 30 was structured as a free throw competition between students, faculty, and whoever else on campus, associated with the school wished to participate.

A few of the marquee matchups included President Dell’Omo versus Romo, Junior at RMU and member of the women’s basketball team, Artemis Spanou versus her coach, Sal Buscaglia and Senior at RMU and member of the men’s basketball team, Velton Jones versus his coach, Andy Toole.

A few of the other notable matchups included Lucky Jones versus Anna Kavasila, Russel Johnson versus Jasmine Tate and two of the most recognizable faces on campus, John Tucci versus Steve, the cashier.

In the middle of the night, the event took a more serious turn when Cystic Fibrosis patient; Tim Robinson took center court to speak to the crowd.

Robinson talked extensively not about himself but about how much respect he has for all the children that have the disease. “I know what it’s like for these kids to go through hell,” Robinson said. “I was ‘lucky’ and got diagnosed at the age of 18, most of these kids know they have it from the time they are born.”

“I’m so happy to see that student organizations are putting events like this on,” President Dell’Omo said. “It’s really just an extension of what’s been going on the past couple of years.”

There are plans to continue the same Colonial Chaos concept for the upcoming years.