On September 9, businesses from up and down Main Street welcomed Daemen faculty, staff, and students with discounts, prizes, and raffles during the second annual Daemen Day in Amherst festival, a celebration of Daemen’s prominent role in the community.
“Daemen is Amherst’s college, and Amherst is our community, said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “So it is appropriate that we jointly host an annual festival to celebrate our relationship.”
Throughout the daylong celebration, nearly 200 students, faculty and staff boarded a trolley from Daemen’s campus to travel down Main Street to shop and dine at various establishments. Willy the Wildcat, the college mascot, was also on board the trolley to join riders visiting the Williamsville business district, where they received discounts and had the chance to win various prizes.
“This year’s Daemen Day was one to remember, especially seeing everyone from the college enjoying the celebration as they walked up and down Main Street and the blue and white balloons decorating the area,” said Samantha Maiarana, human resources associate and student employment coordinator. “For me, I had a great time having lunch with coworkers at The Eagle House and dessert at Sweet Jenny’s, and then did some shopping at the Village Artisans. I am already looking forward to next year’s event.”
In addition to the grand opening of The Den, Daemen Day in Amherst activities included a student organization fair and tailgate party, and a Wildcats volleyball game closed out the celebration.
“I really enjoyed riding the trolley and walking down Main Street to visit the many businesses and seeing all that the area has to offer,” said Stephanie Hanaka of Amherst, an accounting major.