National Pie Day (Jan. 23) and Pi Day (March 14) may have come and gone, but at William & Mary Law School, March 20 was the day when everyone had pie on their minds during the lunch hour. And on their faces. And hands. And clothing.
The occasion was the annual pie-eating contest, which raises money for Be The Match’s National Bone Marrow Program. The funds support the important work of matching individuals in need of stem cell transplants with registered donors.
Bids came fast and furious for (or against) faculty and student contestants. Bidders can help or hinder each competitor by adding or subtracting time from their pie-eating efforts.
This year’s student contestants included Alex Amico ’20, Evan Kappatos ’21, David Maley ’20, George Nwanze ’19, Gabrielle Pelura ’20, and Daniel Shin ’19. Faculty and administrators included David Beal, Aaron-Andrew Bruhl, Katey Howerton, Rob Kaplan, Stacy-Rae Kern-Scheerer, Allison Orr Larsen, Caleb Stone, and Linda Tesar.
For the second year in a row, the faculty winner was Caleb Stone ’15, a Professor of Practice in the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic. Stone continued his tradition of wearing a pro-wrestling championship belt and whooping it up like a law school Hulk Hogan.
Winning for the students—his third and final time—was Daniel Shin ’19. For his Olympics-worthy pie-eating skills, Shin was honored with the customary pie in the face from faculty winner Stone. Self-proclaimed “Fan Favorite” Katey Howerton, Senior Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Affairs, also received the honor to the delight of the crowd.
“The Bone Marrow Drive Committee would like to extend its sincere thanks to everyone who participated in, attended, or donated to Pie Day this year,” said Matt Harrell ’19, Pie Day Chair of the Bone Marrow Drive Committee. “As a result of everyone’s involvement, the law school community raised $1,500 for Be The Match.”
The Law School’s Bone Marrow Drive Committee, working with the College's Alan Bukzin Memorial Bone Marrow Drive, raises money to cover the cost of tissue typing for new donors that enter the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry (for more information go to www.bethematch.org).
Other fundraisers include the Ali’s Run 5K, March Madness Free Throw Competition and the Annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament. The campus-wide drive is responsible for registering nearly 10,000 of the four million potential donors in the national registry.
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