Fitchburg State Students are helping aid disaster-ravaged Japan one sushi roll at a time. According to Hank Parkinson, Director of the Office of Student Development, about 94 plates of sushi were sold at the Sushi Luncheon held on April 6th. Several on-campus organizations including SGA, Crocker Volunteer Center, Business Society, Student Development, and Chartwells teamed up to host the fundraiser, with proceeds going to Convoy of Hope for Japan disaster relief.
Hosted in the Underground, this event drew in both students and faculty. Each ticket cost just $3 and included a full plate of sushi, miso soup, green tea, and dessert. All the food was served buffet style, with Chef Jeff McVoy and the Chartwells staff tirelessly rolled over one hundred rolls of sushi by hand. Chef Jeff McVoy says, “We did some of the prep for the items yesterday. The only thing we couldn’t really get together yesterday was the rice.”
One of the biggest surprises of the event was added to the program at the last minute—a Japanese martial arts expert dropped by to give a demonstration. Gordon Fisher, who currently teaches swordsmanship at the dojo he owns, has been studying the arts since 1973. Dressed in a Laido uniform and wielding a Katana; Samurai sword, Fisher gave a ten minute demonstration of several exercises, which was met with applause. After the demonstration, he explained the historical background of each series of exercises that he had shown.
Many students were drawn in with the promise of inexpensive sushi, but the purpose behind the event was to benefit Convoy of Hope’s disaster relief efforts in Japan. A slideshow depicting the devastation in Japan ran throughout the luncheon. A moment of silence was also observed for those who lost their lives. Hank Parkinson says that between this luncheon and the collection boxes dispersed across campus, he expects to raise $500. Although there are currently no future fundraisers planned for Japan, the collection boxes can still be found on campus for those willing to donate.