Hamilton Campus Throws Pies for the Ronald McDonald House

hamilton campus fundraiser, medical assistant school, medical billing and coding schoolThe fun and unique event raises over $300 for the cause

What’s more fun than throwing a pie in your teacher’s face? Throwing that pie and knowing that you are supporting a good cause! The Hamilton campus of the Harris School of Business recently held a pie-throwing fundraiser where students and staff could pay $2 to throw a pie at Harris instructor Mr. Michael Wanat, also known as “Mr. Michael.”

As participants lined up and pies were filled with whipped cream, Mr. Michael carefully donned his swim goggles. Then the pies started sailing through the air. Some were direct hits, and others were a little off-center, but there was no doubt about it: Mr. Michael was a mess! The Harris School wants to thank Mr. Michael for his dedication to the cause. It takes a special person to volunteer for a job like that!

Between the day’s pie-throwing event and a barbecue lunch fundraiser, over $325 was collected for the Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities is an international organization that is focused on family-centered care. Some of their programs include Ronald McDonald Houses that serve as a “home away from home” for parents who have to travel long distances to reach a hospital for their sick child. The organization also provides Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which are rooms within hospitals where families can gather in a comfortable space. A third program run by the organization is the Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, which are medical care vehicles that can reach communities that are underserved.

The Harris School of Business is proud of the good works of the Hamilton campus. “While the main focus of the Harris School is career readiness, we also believe that community involvement is an important element to becoming a successful professional,” says Patricia Capaldo, campus director in Hamilton. “Helping an organization like the Ronald McDonald House is a meaningful way to contribute to our community.”

Most of the career training programs at the Harris School are centered on allied health and healthcare, such as our Professional Medical Assistant Plus and Health Claims Specialist Plus programs. Our connection with the healthcare community made the fund-raising event especially rewarding; students and staff were happy to contribute to a health-related organization that supports sick children.

All in all, the day was a success, and we appreciate Mr. Michael’s willingness to step up. Students got to enjoy a meal together, socialize with their classmates and instructors, and watch as Mr. Michael got increasingly messier. Students and staff proved that it can be a lot of fun to do some good in the world!