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ECSU stepping up for Puerto Rico

By MICHELLE FIRESTONE

Chronicle Staff Writer

WILLIMANTIC — Eastern Connecti-cut State University is hosting “Family Portrait Day” Sunday, the latest of many university efforts to raise money for people in Puerto Rico, which has been hit hard by recent hurricanes.

ECSU Director of University Relations Ed Osborn said a committee of students, faculty and staff has been coordinating the university’s hurricane relief efforts.

That includes the “Family Portrait Day,” which is being hosted by the university’s photographer, Tom Hurlbut, at the Grant House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Grant House is at the corner of High and Prospect streets.

The rain date for Family Portrait Day is Oct. 22.

For $150, people will receive a 15-minute photography session, including two poses per group.

Of that price, $135 will go to Eastern’s Hurricane Relief Fund.

That involves a single group portrait, a professionally-finished 8-inch-by-10-inch print and a medium resolution digital file of the same portrait.

For $250, people can get a half-hour session with more than two poses, three 8-inch-by-10-inch prints and three medium resolution portrait files.

Additional sizes and merchandise are available, including enlargements, canvas wraps, mounting, framing and greeting cards.

Those who order extra services on the day of the photo shoot will receive a 25-percent discount on those additional sales.

Students have also been raising funds for residents of Puerto Rico.

Osborn said more than $600 in donations was collected during a pep rally Sept. 28.

Meanwhile, the Organization of Latin American Students is conducting food sales to raise funds.

Other groups planning fundraisers in-clude FEMALES, the Environmental Club, the Gamers Guild and Civic/Community Engagement Theme Hous-ing.

Student volunteers are collecting donations during “Thread City,” a multi-media theatrical production about Puerto Rico immigrants who worked at American Thread Company in Willimantic.

The show began Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Osborn said some student groups are looking to focus support on schools that need rebuilding and lost pets, especially in Texas and Florida.

He said in the future, service clubs, such as Habitat for Humanity, may set up service trips to Puerto Rico, Florida and other areas affected by hurricanes.

The ECSU Foundation is matching the total funds raised up to $5,000.

Donations will be sent to “One America Appeal,” which Osborn said sends donations to local relief organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other communities affected by the recent hurricanes and earthquake.

To book a photography session, contact Hurlbut at 860-487-3800 or tom@thpstudio.com. Those who wish to donate to ECSU’s Hurricane Relief fund can do so at the following link: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1689/alumni/social.aspxsid=1689&gid=2&pgid=1071&cid=2201.

 

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