Morristown, N.J. (February 11, 2015) – The College of Saint Elizabeth's Third Annual Philanthropy Day was a success! Students flocked to the philanthropy table in Rose Dining Hall on Thursday, February 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to sign donor "thank-you" cards, complete a mini-quiz, and participate in Twitter Bingo. With nearly 100 PNC piggy banks distributed, the College's expectations were positively passed.
"It was really affirming to see students so responsive and genuinely grateful for the scholarships they've received," Tanya Sorce, Director of the Annual Fund, praised. "They were eager to learn how they could give back. Their participation made it well worth all the planning."
A few of those who visited the event included seven alumni panelists, two PNC Bank representatives, and President Helen J. Streubert.
Sorce added, "Student engagement and philanthropy is a time for current students to get an understanding of where their scholarship dollars come from, how the Annual Fund [bridges] the gap between where college tuition runs out and the true cost of a student's education for one year."
A student participant of the event, Erica Viera '16, expressed her thanks to the donors. She explained, "Once I was given a scholarship, a whole new door of opportunity was opened for me."
Philanthropy is the cornerstone of what the College of Saint Elizabeth is founded on: Christian service. Throughout their educational journeys at the College, students are encouraged to serve others in both the campus and outside communities, and Philanthropy Day is one of the ways these young women are reminded to give back.
"Keeping CSE in the forefront of your philanthropic goals is important," Sorce stated. "If you don't have the financial resources to give back, you can always give your time and skills."
With the blue, bulbous piggy banks they received on Philanthropy Day, students are asked to fill the pigs, and return them on this year's "Giving Day" scheduled for Thursday, February 26.