Ireland Hall’s 15th-annual teeter-totter marathon under way

Family life has its ups and downs, but there should be no teetering on the issue of family violence, say residents of Ireland Hall, an all-male student residence at the University of St. Thomas.

That’s why, for the 15th consecutive year, they’re staging a 72-hour teeter-totter marathon May 2-5 on the university’s St. Paul campus.

They hope to raise thousands for Minneapolis-based Tubman Family Alliance, a consolidation of the Family Violence Network and Harriet Tubman Center; the organization is the largest single umbrella provider of family violence services and prevention programming in the country.

The men began the first of 150,000 or so teeters on Sunday evening.

Daytime marathoners — whose teeter-totter rides take place between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. — will see-saw on Foley Plaza on the campus’ south quadrangle. Night riders — those scheduled between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. — will work outside Ireland Hall on the north quadrangle.

Each Ireland Hall resident has a goal to secure pledges and contributions; if they meet them, they could raise more than $4,000. That’s how much the effort raised last year.

Tubman serves some 50,000 men, women and children annually in the Twin Cities area; its agencies include three crisis shelters; a broad range of legal, health and mental health services; transitional support; children’s programs; counseling and therapy services for those behaving abusively; and prevention and community-involvement programs.

For more information, contact Ireland Hall Director Jason Neuhaus, (651) 497-2041.