On August 21, 2014 the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project was named as part of a phenomena that is sweeping the country as individuals challenge friends, family members, and co-workers to take part in this social media fueled explosion.
The Seminary's Receptionist and latest administrative hiring, Sophia Pierce, answered the challenge issued to her by her son who had been challenged by another family member to provide a donation to ALS research, be doused with a large bucket of ice water or to do both. She opted for both but added her own challenge on behalf of the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project.
When asked why she decided to offer her challenges for Married Student Housing, Mrs. Pierce explained, "I wanted my challenge to be for something very near and dear to the community I am now a part of. St. Tikhon's has been working towards housing for its married students for some time and I wanted to do my part to help it along. I will make my donation to ALS but I believe that this is also a very worthy cause. For the last couple years, people have been watching the ones they love get drenched with ice water while also giving them the opportunity to support worthy charities, I saw this as a chance for the married student families to benefit from the trend.”
In her challenge Mrs. Pierce named St. Tikhon's Community members Christopher and Leslie Patton, Benedict and Maria Sheehan, as well as the Dean of the Seminary the Very Reverend Steven Voytovich to donate $100 or more to the St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project, get the ice water, or to do both.
Seminary Dean V. Rev. Steven Voytovich challenges Chairman of the St. Tikhon's Seminary Board of Trustees Michael Herzak, board member Mitch VanDuyn, and Alumni Regional Coordinator for the New England Region, Fr. Patrick Burns (STOTS 2009).
Christopher Patton Challenges Alumni Regional Coordinator for the Philadelphia Area Region Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (STOTS 2005), Fr. Andrew Damick (STOTS 2007), and Abbot of the St. Tikhon's Monastery Igumen Sergius (STOTS 2005).
Board of Trustees memeber Matushka Nancy Gilbert challanges Fr. John Sorochka (STOTS 1964), Fr. James Jadick (STOTS 1976), Fr. Philip Reese (STOTS 1979), Fr. Patrick Smith (STOTS 2011), Pdn. Steven Howanetz (STOTS 1976) and John Barnes (STOTS 2006).
Seminarian John Kotalik challenges Anastasia Frigerio, Gabe Monforte (STOTS 2013), Rebekah Danks, Paul Barrera, and Protodeacon Stephen Howanetz (STOTS 1976).
Fr. Joel Wilson (STOTS 2012) challenges Fr. Andreas Blom (STOTS 2012), Fr. Nick Aiello (STOTS 2012), and Fr. Matthew Howell (STOTS 2011).
Fr. Joel Weir (STOTS 2010) and Mat. Maria Reynolds Weir challenge Abraham Labrada (STOTS 2011) and his fiancé Anna Curry, Mary Ann Egnotovich, and Priest Christopher Maciolek (STOTS 2010).
Fr. Theodore (STOTS 2008) and Mat. Elizabeth Brinegar challenge Fr. Benjamin (STOTS 2013) and Mat. Lauren Huggins, Fr. David (STOTS 2013) and Mat. Patti Morrison, and Fr. Kyrill (STOTS 2008) and Mat. Tamra Williams.