Happy to Wait
The Leonard Carmichael Society's long-running Faculty Waits on You Dinner raises more than $6,000 for the Somerville Homeless Coalition.=
Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.16.10] On Mar. 4, 180 students came to the function room at 51 Winthrop Street hungry for dinner-but also hungry to help.
They were there for the annual Faculty Waits on You Dinner, a fundraiser organized by Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS) to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. This year, the event pulled in $6,300-the highest amount in more than ten years-from an auction and ticket sales.
For more than three decades, LCS has organized the dinner to raise money for a good cause, recruiting members of the Tufts community who are more often seen behind a desk or in front of a classroom to wait on attendees. This year, 18 faculty and staff members carried trays and refreshed students' drinks, serving a special menu with a Mardi Gras theme.
"I've always been a proponent of having faculty and students interact in ways other than just through the classroom experience. It allows people to really get to know each other," says Experimental College Director and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Robyn Gittleman, who has been involved with the event for about a decade.
Among the items for auction were the usual Red Sox tickets and restaurant gift certificates, but also some unique services such as meals with President Lawrence S. Bacow and Provost Jamshed Bharucha; a night out with Father David O'Leary; dinner for six at the home of former provost Sol and ExCollege director Robyn Gittleman; a bowling outing for six with psychology professors Sam Sommers and Keith Maddox; hang gliding with Professor Lee Minardi; the Kaplan test prep course of your choice and first-choice for admission into any Experimental College class.
Story by Georgiana Cohen, Web Communications Photos by Alonso Nichols, University Photography