Monday, 22 January 2018 15:52

Volunteering at the AFC Championship Featured

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - As fans trickled into Gillette Stadium on a brilliant January Sunday afternoon, anticipation began to grow for the AFC Championship.

All eyes were of course on the field for the 3:05 PM kickoff, but one group of local college students spent their time helping others while in the stadium.


These self-proclaimed Patriots fans didn't have tickets, and they'd be lucky to see half the game.


This brave bunch is part of a co-ed service fraternity at Husson University in Bangor, and for the fifth time the organization volunteered during a patriots game, raising money for a St. Jude hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.


"Gotta help St. Jude," said member Leah Van Horn when asked why she does it. "Gotta raise money for our fraternity and St. Jude. It's what we do."


It's a pretty righteous attitude to have, considering they duties included serving drinks to and cleaning up after some of the 66,000 rowdy fans in Foxborough; not exactly the most glamorous job.


However, the group was thrilled to be surrounded by happy New England fans.


"People are so stoked to be here, they're so excited," Van Horn added. "And it's just, I don't know, unreal."


In addition to the atmosphere, the Fraternity is paid 100 dollars per person from Gillette Stadium. They raised more in one day than they usually do in months of hard work.


They're also pharmacy students, so they know what it's like when the right care and medicine can get to people in need.


"We've been working with [St. Jude] for a while now. They're always grateful for our contributions," organizer John Onori said.


"Helping people is a huge reason why I wanted to be a pharmacist," Van Horn smiled. "So I couldn't pick a better thing to do on a Sunday."


David Guildford

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

David joined the news team in March of 2017. First and foremost he is a proud Mainer. Before reporting for ABC7 and FOX22, he interned at WLBZ2 in Bangor, and attended the University of Maine's journalism program.

David was raised in the western Maine foothills, and has been a lifelong viewer of local Maine news. He hopes to bring this perspective to telling the stories of folks in the community.

When not on the job, David enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the family camp on Branch Lake, and playing slow-pitch softball with the other Bangor gym class heroes.