MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Berry College's men's lacrosse team hosted the third annual Faceoff for a Cause event on Saturday, October 21st at Valhalla Stadium, helping raise a total donation of $10,770 for the nonprofit organization Samaritan's Purse and their hurricane relief efforts.
The event reached its fundraising goal for the second year in a row. Surpassing the $10,000 mark, the event has raised over $27,000 for charity in just three years.
"It was another great day of lacrosse and charity," Berry College's head men's lacrosse coach Curtis Gilbert sard. "The support from everyone for this event has been outstanding and the turnout was equally impressive. I am glad that we continue to have this platform to be able to raise awareness for a variety of different causes and I am glad we were able to play a part in aiding the rebuilding process for some hard hit areas."
Joining in the day were the men's lacrosse programs from Emmanuel College, the University of Georgia, North Greenville University, Piedmont College, Reinhardt University, Shorter University and Young Harris College. These programs, in addition to the Vikings, helped raise funds to aid in relief in areas around the country that were in need of vital resources following hurricane impact.
The event included scrimmages between the eight teams and a mid-day ceremony acknowledging the Samaritan's Purse's mission, as well as thanking everyone involved. Well over 800 people attended the event, with all gate proceeds donated to the charity.
Aramark Dining Services graciously fed student-athletes in attendance in the Berry College Dining Hall for free. The referee's for the day's event also donated their appearance fees to Samaritan's Purse, with a total donation of $3,120.
"The amount donated on behalf of our officiating crew was incredible," Gilbert said. "It accounted for almost a third of the total amount raised. We could not have had the success we did without their support and I would like to thank them for all their work in making it a wonderful event."
The Berry College men's lacrosse program has announced they will be hosting the event again in the fall of 2018.