April 18, 2014

WIT Community Remembers Boston Marathon One Year Later

A capella group Note-Oriety performs the Bill Withers song "Lean on Me"

The Wentworth community gathered this week to reflect on the year that has passed since the 117th Boston Marathon, a year that witnessed tragedy and grief, but also an outpouring of support and hope within the Boston area.

On April 15, one year to the day of the bombings, Wentworth hosted several fundraising efforts, as well as a moment of silence for those affected by the events.

“As we remember those lost, it is even more important to remember a community that fought back with love and extended a hand to others,” said Dean of Students Annamaria Wenner during a special commemoration held at Beatty Hall.

An example of the support shown by members of Wentworth is the “Boston Strong” T-shirt that a group of 10 students created last year. The group raised more than $50,000 during initial sales. On Monday, they reopened sales of the shirts and all proceeds will once again go to The One Fund. The students were on hand during the ceremony to light four candles in honor of Lu Lingzi, Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.

Meanwhile, runners and walkers at the Schumann Fitness Center Monday were a part of a special fundraiser in which one dollar was donated to The One Fund for every mile logged on the facility's treadmills. Participants tallied up 434.4 miles over the course of the day. Faculty and staff were also permitted to wear sneakers on Monday if they donated to the “Lace Up for the One Fund” fundraiser.

Back at the Beatty Hall ceremony, College of Arts and Sciences Professor Amos St. Germain joined Dean Wenner as a speaker, offering words of encouragement while invoking the teachings of Mother Teresa. The Wentworth A capella group Note-Oriety performed “Lean on Me” and President Zorica Pantić recounted the school’s resolve during tragedy last year.

“We want to come together today as a community to celebrate Boston Strong,” she said. “So many people in our community have already come together to help those in need and we thank you all.”

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