Psychology Professor Peter Bachiochi, long-time advisor for the Eastern student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, is overjoyed, and for good reason. On April 18 on the Webb Hall Lawn, the group collaborated with the Connecticut Special Olympics on the annual Jail N' Bail fundraiser and raised more than $8,000! "That smashes the record for any previous Jail N' Bail. I can't wait until next year!" Last year, the fundraiser raised $2,000.
The event begins by requesting a warrant to 'arrest' either students or faculty. When the participants arrive at the 'jail,' their bail is set by a judge. The prisoners must find friends/family to bail them out. Some professors even considered having their entire classroom full of students in the jail during their class period!
The prisoner who raised the most money won a three-day, two-night trip for two (airfare not included) to any pre-selected destination around the world. There also was a lucky winner for an additional three-day, two-night trip for two for those who participated in filling out warrants with a suggested donation.
Bachiochi thanked the entire campus for participating. "A huge thank you to everyone who made our first collaborative Jail & Bail event such a success! The generosity of the Eastern community was really on display. At the risk of leaving someone out, I do need to give a few individuals their due. First, to Jean-Pierre Godbout in facilities and management planning, who built our new and significantly improved jail cell! To the Facilities crews for tent set-up and more. To Blimpie's, who kept the guards and prisoners fed. To all the judges who volunteered to sit in judgment and set bail. To Media Services for the very cool live web feed! To the Fairfield University police who volunteered their time to help with apprehensions. Lastly, to the jailbirds who volunteered their time to help raise money for the causes!"
Bachiochi also thanked event coordinators Eastern Police Lieutenant Thomas Madera and Officer David DeNunzio, and Jaclyn Giuntini from Eastern's student chapter of Habitat for Humanity.