WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas in August, the Catholic University women's soccer team organized a bake sale fundraiser on campus on September 10 and raised over $2,000.
In total, the Cardinals raised $2,206 in just one day. All of the proceeds went to The Island Relief Group, an effort that began with the mission of helping send supplies to support those in the Bahamian Islands. After hearing that the relatives of goalkeeper Nina Fernandez were helping the group firsthand down in Miami, the team decided to help.
The team set up its bake sale outside the Pryzbyla Center on campus, selling cookies, brownies and other treats to fellow students and anyone passing by. Many student-athletes spread awareness on their own social media accounts to further advertise the effort, and the team accepted a considerable amount of donations via Venmo to add to the money raised.
Senior defender Daniella Montesano had the idea to see if her team would want to help with a bake sale and social media fundraiser and all her teammates wanted to get involved.
"I sent a message to my team's GroupMe to see who would be interested in helping, and within minutes, nearly the entire team responded," Montesano said. "Every single girl on the team wanted to help in whatever way they could."
Members of the team took turns manning the bake sale table and told all their friends to stop by throughout the day. The campus community and others on social media responded generously. After receiving approval to hold the fundraiser, the team hoped to raise $500, but their were expectations were blown away.
"We could not be happier about helping the Bahamas by simply coming together as a team," Montesano said. "The best part about this fundraiser was seeing how excited and supportive the student body and staff were about what we were doing to help."
Those interested in contributing can donate here.