RIT students raise money and awareness for tiger preservation

Tiger Awareness Week features pie throwing, film screening and a trip to the zoo

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s Tigers for Tigers club plans a week full of fundraising and awareness activities beginning today to help prevent the extinction of tigers in the wild.

RIT is one of eight colleges with tiger mascots in the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition, which is matching up to $1,000 of donations raised at RIT.

“As a part of the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition initiative, Tigers For Tigers at RIT aims to spread awareness around the RIT community while raising funds for tigers around the world,” said Jonathon Price, a mechanical engineering major from Baldwinsville, N.Y. and member of RIT’s Tigers for Tigers club. “With fewer than 3,200 tigers left in the wild, our mascot needs our help.”

The club will be promoting events on social media (#SaveOurMascot) and T-shirts will be sold.

Events include:

  • Today: Pie an Athlete in the Face Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the tiger statue. Donations buy a cream pie to throw.
  • Tuesday: Five Guys Fundraiser, Five Guys restaurant, 1100 Jefferson Road, 5-9 p.m., (Inform cashier that 20% of sales will be donated to the cause).
    Wednesday: Tiger Skit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., mascot RITchie will be roaming campus to raise awareness.
    Thursday: “Elephant in the Living Room,” documentary, 6-9 p.m., Room 3237 Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall. Free.
  • Friday: Signatures Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., outside the Student Alumni Union, petition to stop hunting and possessing large felines. The petition will be forwarded to the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition.
  • Saturday: Zoo trip: noon to 2 p.m., Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester. Meet at 11:30 a.m. outside Gracie’s, transportation will be provided. Admission is $8.
  • Through Nov. 15: Yolickity Fundraiser, Yolickity Frozen Yogurt, 1000 Hylan Drive, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., 20% of purchase goes to Tigers for Tigers at RIT.

For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page.