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Excitement Buds from MAFH Rose Sale

by Elizabeth Muse on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Last week, Milton Academy Field Hockey (MAFH) hosted their annual rose sale and distributed roses to lucky students this past Wednesday. The event raises funds for MAFH and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

While half of the proceeds go to MAFH, the other half goes directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the same charity the team donates to after their annual ‘Play for the Cure’ game, which is normally against St. Marks.

Many students buy multiple roses to give to their friends and crushes. Last year, the team sold a total of 2,600 roses and raised approximately $5,000. This year, on the first day, they had already sold 900 roses. In all, they sold similar numbers this year as they did last year.

The rose sale takes a copious amount of effort from MAFH and serves as an opportunity for the team to bond for the coming year. Along with the two captains, Caroline McCammond (II) and Madeline Murphy (II), there are eighteen returning players. The day before distributing the roses, a few members of the team pick up the roses and bring them back to sort. The sorting process takes approximately six hours, and the entire team works hard to get it done. McCammond sees the sale as “the first job of returning players for the next year, marking the start of a new team.”

The concept of the so- called ‘pity roses’ where students who received no roses were given one by MAFH became a point of discussion last year. Caroline McCammond (II) explains that “we had no intention for people to interpret the roses as ‘pity roses,’ we had ordered so many roses last year that we had enough for every student in the high school to receive them, so we thought it was a nice way for everyone to feel appreciated and get to pick up a rose.” Some students may feel disgruntled towards ‘pity roses,’ but many students understand the ultimate goal. Mateen Tabatabaei (III), remarked “I don’t think they are ‘pity roses,’ everyone deserves to feel the love on Valentine’s Day.”

Some might see the distribution of roses as a popularity contest, yet other students share a similar consensus that Hannah Nigro (II) describes as “ a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending notes to friends.”

During the rose sale, students can send roses to the people they love and even an anonymous rose to their crush. In wake of midterms and the start of the term paper for some, the rose sale can often be viewed as the opportune time to help a friend escape some of the stress and feel loved on Valentine’s Day, as well as raise money for an amazing cause.

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