So, if you’re a Brother from Latin America and and seeking a truly “Minnesota” experience, how can you not opt to dive into a frozen lake in February?
On Saturday, February 7, approximately 60 Saint Mary’s students, staff, and alumni braved the icy water of Lake Winona, during the sixth annual “Cardinal Plunge.” Among this hearty bunch were four Brothers from SMU: Brothers Cristhian (Colombia), Robertolino (Mexico), and Miguel (Peru), who are studying at SMU, along with Bro. Peter (DENA) a staff member.
More than $5,000 was raised from the plunge and the silent auction. Proceeds will be given to Juliana Piscitiello, a 2006 Saint Mary’s alumna who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a genetic, auto-immune disease and a chronic progressive form of arthritis which is destroying her spine. Piscitiello, former part-time faculty member at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, has enjoyed ballet since the age of 3 and has assisted with dance choreography on campus. Funds will be used to assist with the expense of her ongoing therapy, much of which is needed to reduce the severity of her painful symptoms.She is the daughter of Kathy and Tony Piscitiello, AFSC, senior advancement director at Saint Mary’s.
Way to go, Bros!
(photos courtesy of SMU)