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URI Greeks walk for Habitat

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, URI students Frankie Darnold, Jill Anderson, Jaime Giacomelli, Corrine Reed, Rob Tobey, Kristin Pollard and Julia Garrick pose with the check being donated to South County Habitat for Humanity.
Posted 5/10/13

Last month, more than 500 students from the University of Rhode Island’s 24 fraternities and sororities participated in a walkathon that raised more than $100,000 for South County Habitat for Humanity.

During the “Pound the Pavement, Pound a Nail” walkathon, the Greek community collectively raised $53, 451. The funds were later matched by two anonymous URI alumni, bringing the total raised to $106,903.12. The money was presented to Habitat during the dedication of a recently completed house.

“I am both inspired and overwhelmed by the way the URI Greek community has embraced our mission of providing homeownership opportunities to hardworking low-income area families,” said Lou Raymond, executive director of South County Habitat. “They have made a very powerful statement.”

The students’ efforts will help Habitat complete two more houses at nearby Old North Village.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity has been a gratifying and rewarding experience for all the members of Greek life on campus,” said Arielle Windman, a URI senior and president of the Panhellenic Council. “We are extremely proud of how far we have come as a Greek community with this opportunity.”

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