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Holy Cross Missions Fundraising

The University of Portland is proud to be a Holy Cross institution, and we want to support the work that the Congregation of Holy Cross is doing all over the world to improve the lives of others. Holy Cross International Missions has apostolates around the globe, running schools for underserved children, seeking social justice for the poor and marginalized, sponsoring health clinics and job training programs, and being the hands and feet of Christ everywhere they go.

Each of our residence halls selects a Holy Cross Missions apostolate somewhere in the world and works to raise money to support the efforts there. Some of our halls' most well-known events are fundraisers for which all profits are sent to the Holy Cross Missions Center for distribution to their designated apostolate. Read more about each hall's fundraising efforts below.

  • Christie Hall hosts Christie Pub, an open mic night where all members of campus are invited to perform music or comedy or read poetry, while commemorative mugs and unlimited root beer floats raise money for Fundamor-Fundación Moreau in Chile, in support of children who are victims of abuse or abandonment, and Yancana Huasy Mission that provides services for children with disabilities in impoverished areas in Lima, Peru.
  • Corrado Hall has an annual talent competition called Crown of Corrado in which residents show off their skills and try to gain votes toward winning the crown. Proceeds from this and other efforts raise scholarship funds for Colegia Fe y Alegria 25, a school with a vocational technical program in Peru.
  • Fields Hall is well known for its late-night flapjack feasts, where everyone pays a small amount per pancake that adds up to a lot over the course of the year! Fields also hosts an annual trivia night that highlights the skills of some of UP's staff and faculty. Fields' contributions support La Fuente Project of San Roque in Chile, serving homebound elderly living in poor living and often isolated conditions..
  • Haggerty & Tyson hosts a huge Oktoberfest gathering each year in the breezeway between apartments, where you can enjoy good company, good music, good German food, and (if you're of age) good seasonal brews. Their profits support the work of St. Joe Hill Schools in Uganda.
  • Kenna Hall residents raise funds with the annual Kenna Lip Sync competition that supports St. Marianne Cope Young Women's Education Project in Bangladesh.
  • Lund Family Hall supports the Holy Cross School in Plaisance, Haiti, with Penny Wars, an in-hall coin drive, and Lund Family Feud.
  • Mehling Hall takes a more refined approach with the annual Fall Charity Ball. Residents dress up for a catered dinner and can contribute toward Mehling's chosen apostolate. This past year Mehling raised money for Fundamor-Fundación Moreau in Chile, and St. Marianne Cope Young Women's Education project in Bangladesh.
  • Schoenfeldt Hall hosts a Super Smash Bros. tournament each year, among other fundraising initiatives. Their contributions support Lakeview School in Jinja, Uganda, where its 800 students are from economically and socially vulnerable backgrounds.
  • Shipstad Hall hosts two large fundraising events: Sandspike, a volleyball tournament, and the Shipstad Soirée, a formal dinner and dance where they crown the winners of the Eddies—Shipstad's version of the Oscars. With these and other efforts, Shipstad raises money for Holy Cross Lake View Senior Secondary School in Jinja, Uganda, and Holy Cross School in Plaisance, Haiti.
  • Villa Maria Hall has the largest of all campus events raising money for Holy Cross International Missions. The Villa Maria Auction started in the lobby of Villa Maria Hall and now fills the Chiles Center with students, staff, faculty, parents, and guests watching groups of Villans perform short skits, songs, or dances before auctioning off a group date. Each year this event raises thousands of dollars for Holy Cross Missions in Peru, most recently the Yancana Huasy Mission, which works with young people with disabilities in a poor area of the country. Villa Maria also supports Veronica's Place in Dandorra, Nairobi.

We are proud of our residents for their continued efforts to give back and support the work of Holy Cross around the world!