Despite ominous clouds hanging overhead, little could dampen the high spirits of those who turned out for the Paint It Forward event on Saturday, April 16.
Students, parents and faculty gathered to celebrate the life of Rollins student Will Hauver, whose sudden passing last year left our campus deeply grieved. The event was the brainchild of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Hauver’s fraternity brothers, the men of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, who collaborated to design a fundraiser to give attendees the chance to partake in one of Hauver’s passions: painting and creativity.
The organizers opened the event by welcoming those in attendance and thanking the art and athletics departments at Rollins for their support, as well as the parents who helped make the event happen.
Afterward, attendees had the opportunity to unleash their creativity and express themselves through paint, brushes and poster boards.
Though the organizers had no set plans for the creation of the artwork, they expressed a desire to display it in some capacity, or to donate the pieces to the Hauver family.
Students from all walks of life–whether members of Greek life or fellow student athletes–and other attendees seemed to delight in the activity.
Under the small tarps erected to guard from potential rain, organizers sold cups and ‘Strength of Will #34’ shirts to fundraise for the Will Hauver Memorial Scholarship Fund. Many students wore these shirts. Additionally, participants could choose to enter a raffle for two baskets of prices. Though the event had no entrance fee, participants were encouraged to provide a voluntary donation. The event page (a link to which can be found on the campus-wide email advertising the event) also directs those who desire to donate to an online form.