With help and support from Aramark, members of LHU fraternities were able to exceed their fundraising goal for Carly Shoemaker. Front Row: Caleb Dugan, Jose Acosta, Travis Norton, Carly Shoemaker (inset,) Jeff Townsend, Dillon Harlon. Back Row: Chris Izzi, Neal Strausser, Colton Weichman.
LHU fraternities exceed fundraising goal for Carly Shoemaker
Team up with Aramark for successful fundraising dinner
March 29, 2012
On March 7 the Lock Haven University Interfraternity Council (IFC) hosted a spaghetti dinner with the help and support from Aramark Food Service. “Ken Amspaugh, food service director and Amy Bechdel, catering manager from Aramark were very key in our success,” said Wendy Walsh, IFC adviser. “The men in the fraternities were incredible. Each organization sold their promised number of tickets, they set up, served over 150 dinners and cleaned the entire place after the dinner,” she added.
In all, including donations and the sale of tickets, the IFC was able to give the Shoemaker family $750.00 towards the costs of medical bills for their daughter Carly as she continues to battle Rett Syndrome.
Frank Shoemaker is a Public Safety officer at Lock Haven University and continues to be amazed by the men’s ability to pull the dinner together and exceed their fundraising goal to help his family. “It is very humbling to realize that a bunch of college students would take the time and all the energy to give back,” he stated.
A huge “check” for $700 was the focal point of a brief ceremony on March 28. Shortly after the photo was taken, an anonymous donor gave another $50, bringing the total to $750 for the Shoemaker family.
Frank Shoemaker is absent from the picture because Carly had to be emergency transported to Danville on March 28 after being home for over a week. One of the fraternity men spoke for the entire group when he said, “We will keep her in our mind and prayers as she continues this fight.”
The LHU Interfraternity Council (IFC) is made up of five national Fraternal Organizations: Alpha Sigma Phi, Phi Mu Delta, Kappa Delta Rho, Pi Lambda Phi and Alpha Chi Rho. The IFC is comprised of a representative from each organization and the executive board: President Travis Norton (Pi Lambda Phi), Vice President John Murphy(Alpha Sigma Phi), Secretary Chris Izzi (Alpha Sigma Phi), Treasurer Dillon Harlon (Alpha Chi Rho), Public Relations Jose Acosta (Alpha Chi Rho), Parliamentarian Jeff Townsend (Kappa Delta Rho), Rush Chair Caleb Dugan (Phi Mu Delta) and Adviser Wendy Walsh.
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.