USF's 4th Annual "Formula for Life" Most Successful Yet

Held annually at USF to generate funds for the purchase of baby formula and other food for Haitian orphans, this year's "Formula for Life" 5k Run/Walk and Silent Auction was the most successful so far.

The fourth annual event raised over $11,000, enough for a year's worth of food and nutritional supplements for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage and other orphanages, plus funds to drill a well for safe drinking water in the future. (Of the total funds raised, $2,600 was donated from USF instructor Sister Anita Holzmer's water project.)

A highlight of this year's event was the visit by professional drummer and former Haitian child slave Bill Nathan, who visited USF classrooms as a speaker on April 12 and performed at the event on April 15. Nathan, who fell into slavery as an orphaned child, became a musician who now performs at churches and universities throughout the United States. He directs the St. Joseph's Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as well as another home for 16 former street children.

Organizing the annual run/walk and silent auction to support Formula for Life's mission "to improve the nutrition of poor and sick infants of Haiti" is a yearlong effort by University of Saint Francis students. The effort began in 2009 when former USF student Cortney Shepard founded the service-based, student-led campaign.

In May, Formula for Life student leader Amanda Pedro traveled to Haiti with faculty event adviser Dr. Amy Obringer. The purpose of their trip was to visit Haitian orphanages, determine unmet needs and to assess continued funding to the most critical areas.