Members of the King’s College community raised $2,800 for the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre through the third annual Coins for a Cause campus campaign.Approximately 200 cups were distributed throughout campus, including all student residence halls, for the collection of donations. Students from each floor of the residence halls competed with one another for the honor of top fundraiser. The fourth floor of Holy Cross Hall, the primary men’s dorm on campus, tied with the fifth floor of Esseff Hall, the main women’s residence facility, for the honor.
The donation was made to St. Vincent de Paul in memory of Joseph Frank, emeritus member of the King’s College Board of Directors, and Brother Harold Rogan, C.S.C., former director of security at King’s.Frank, who died in September, was a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in 2000.This is the first year that proceeds from the Coins for a Cause fundraiser were earmarked for a local organization. Previously, monies raised through the campaign have benefited a school for special needs children in Lima, Peru, and a program designed to help homeless children in India. Both programs are operated by the Congregation of Holy Cross.
Pictured, from left, is Father Thomas Looney, C.S.C., director of campus ministry and college chaplain; Patrick Reilly, student aide in the Campus Ministry Office; Jessica Ormrod, representing the fifth floor of Esseff Hall;Msgr.JosephP.Kelly, V.E., Executive Director of Catholic Social Services;Gredi Gracari, representing the fourth floor of Holy Cross Hall; Marie Lendacky, Campus Ministry Office; and Father John Ryan, C.S.C., president of King’s College.