Right outside of the entryway of the RecPlex front doors, the University’s Men’s Club Volleyball team hosted their first-ever “Pie in the Face” fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
As students lined up for a chance to “cream” their chosen player, they were asked to donate $2 per pie with cash or through a Venmo transaction. Upon their purchase, they were then given the opportunity to load up their plate with a pile of Reddi Wip whipped cream and smash it in the face of their team target. Besides the request for a donation, there were no rules for the event – only to have fun and spread the word, which senior Lindsay Gallagher easily accomplished.
“I think it’s great that they’re fundraising for their team in a super fun and interactive way,” Gallagher shared.
Senior Matthew Murphy, a participant in the team’s fundraiser shared the same views.
“It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed my time there and loved seeing the volleyball team out there raising money for their trip to nationals,” Murphy said.
All of the proceeds were given in support of the team’s upcoming nationals trip in the spring of 2023 where they will be traveling southwest for a weekend full of tournaments. This is an annual journey for the team and is their second time attending following a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year they participated in a tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., while this season they will head to Kansas City, Texas during Apr. 13-15.
Senior student and President of the men’s club volleyball team, Max Honing, shares that in choosing this style of fundraising, the team hoped to stem away from the other “generic” styles such as a GoFundMe grab or fast-food discount.
“I feel like this get’s more people involved,” Honig explained. “We have a game on Sunday, so we’re able to tell them about that too.”
This isn’t the first time the team thought of doing an interactive way to raise money.
“We talked about doing it last year, but we could never find a time and the season just ended so fast,” Honing added.
At 2 p.m., only halfway through the event’s allotted time slot, the team already raised over $200, and after 4 p.m., they finished off with nearly $350 earned. With this outcome, the team revealed their budding hope for their overall goal: a free trip to nationals.