From left, Tyler Lipkind '21, Jake Camel '21, Theodore Simson '21, Craig Engert '21, and David Solomon '84.

During the recent Fall Weekend, the Hamilton Microfinance Group hosted its fifth annual “Guess the Weight: Giant Pumpkin Challenge.” The Giant Pumpkin Challenge has become a fundraising tradition along Martin’s Way; for $1, guests could guess the weight of the giant Halloween vegetable.

The club received over 170 unique contributions and raised $1175.35 in current and planned contributions.  All proceeds go toward issuing small business loans to local entrepreneurs

The pumpkin weighed 339.3 lbs.  Joyce Lee ’20 won first place, a 32” TV, and second place winner Emma Weller ’19 received a $75 gift card for the bookstore.

Microfinance group chair Craig Engert ’21 said the students were able to talk to Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon ’84 who posed for a photo with the group and put it on his Instagram.

The Hamilton Microfinance Group is a student-run, micro-lending organization that seeks to increase economic growth and opportunity in the Greater Utica area by providing small business loans to individuals who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. Through the use of loans rather than grants, this organization helps entrepreneurs establish their own credit histories and borrowing power. To learn more, please contact micro@hamilton.edu

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