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In 2017, Iona College Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) reached out to Gullotta House to partner in a fundraising event. Hundreds of student-athletes on intercollegiate or club teams dressed up in Halloween costumes to compete in relay races, tug of war, and obstacle courses to raise funds for local children in need.

That initial event has since become an annual tradition. Over the past three years, Gullotta House has raised over $6,300 benefitting 8 families and 20 children. It’s been a pleasure working with the Iona Gaels. Their enthusiasm and growing community activism of these students energize us and gives up confidence that their future and the future will be better because of their selflessness.

Westchester County, as a community has a relatively high median household income of $94,811. However, of its 967,612 population, 9.44% live below the poverty line.   While lower than the national poverty rate of 13.1%, there are some 89,800 residents who struggle to make ends meet. That’s why organizations like Gullotta House fulfill such an important need. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with other citizens and organizations to amplify our effectiveness and to raise awareness. There are always people who might be facing a hardship that escapes our notice and there’s always the opportunity to give back to residents who might otherwise not ask for assistance.

During this time of year, others might be enjoying a horror film, trick or treating or lighting a jack o lantern. Iona Gaels will take a study break in-between midterms to shine a spotlight on community assistance during hallows eve or souls day. The trajectory from Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival to All Saints Day to consuming tons of candy is illuminated here. At Gullotta House, we strive to build a new tradition of giving at specific times during the year but also raising awareness that need is year-round and can be sudden and acute. While this is one of our favorite events – because of the pageantry, festivity, and impact – we always want to keep the focus on helping families in need, in whatever capacity we can.