March 31, 2009 09:29 Age: 5 yrs

Class of 2009 Raises More Than $50,000 at 3L Spaghetti Dinner

The Class of 2009 celebrated--and participated in a little friendly competition--at the annual 3L Spaghetti Dinner on March 18. The dinner kicked off the 3L Class Gift campaign, and campaign co-chairs Gabby D'Adamo 09L and Brent Douglas 09L had some original ideas to drum up support from their classmates.

At the dinner, students could "place bets" as faculty members challenged them and one another to contests such as who could do the most push-ups in a minute (Vice Dean Jim Hughes) and who could hold a head stand longest (Professor Julie Seaman).

"Gabby and I went door to door to the faculty offices asking professors for their hidden talents," said Douglas. "We were shocked by some of the responses."

The competition idea was a success. The event raised more than $50,000 in gifts and pledges to the 3L Class Gift, more than any spaghetti dinner in the past.

This year, the money raised from the class gift will serve two purposes. The first $50,000 raised will endow an annual Spring 3L Career Fair aimed at providing networking and employment opportunities with small and midsize law firms traditionally left out of the recruiting process. The remaining money will help furnish the "Top Shelf" patio on the west side of Gambrell Hall.

"The committee felt like the most glaring need right now is that 3Ls, because of the economy or otherwise, are without a job in the spring semester after OCI has come and gone," said D'Adamo.

In addition to serving as a fundraiser, the 3L Spaghetti Dinner gives students the opportunity to interact with faculty and administration in a nonacademic setting. Faculty and staff members look forward to this social event with the graduating class, some proudly wearing the same personalized chef hats year after year.

"The faculty and staff were thrilled to help," said D'Adamo. "We never could have raised as much as we did without their willingness to come, serve and share some of their talents."

The final class gift donation amount of $73,560 was announced by D'Adamo and Douglas at the Emory Law Hooding and Diploma Ceremony on May 11.

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