On Friday, March 9, the St. Patrick’s Day Party was held in the Pub. The “Irish” celebration is an event that supports students who have gone on or wish to go on one of the service trip opportunities offered by Spiritual Life. The eight trips travel to Kentucky, Mississippi, Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana, Tennessee, Washington D.C. and Honduras during the various college breaks.
Prior to the event, each trip group partaking is responsible for constructing a basket for the raffle. Some of this year’s basket themes included“Loras Sweet Loras,” submitted by the group of students who provided service to the citizens of McKee, TN, and “Everything” from the Camden, NJ crew, highlighting products donated from Finley Hospital as well as various businesses along Main Street.
Aside from the basket drawing, one of the highlights of the night is the 50/50 raffle sale. The goal behind this particular raffle is slightly different; it’s designed to allow all the proceeds raised to go directly to the service trip fund, or to split the money between the winner and the trips.
“These trips are life-changing,” said senior Jesse Coleman, one of the service trip coordinators. He commented that the party has been in existence for a total of 60 years, with more than the last ten being held as a fundraiser to keep the overall cost of the trips low for the students wishing to attend. Coleman expressed his appreciation for the people who have donated to the trips through the event.
Above all, the service trip participants themselves had the opportunity to either reflect upon their experience.