Morristown, N.J. (March 5, 2014) – Bright blue piggy banks made their appearance on the College of Saint Elizabeth campus February 27, 2014, as CSE participated in Student Engagement and Philanthropy (SEP) Day, organized by the Annual Fund Office. The nationally celebrated day is arranged by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)/ Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) and is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and stewardship and grow student engagement on campuses.
During the day, students signed donor thank you notes and participated in question/answer and video sessions. This year, PNC Bank collaborated with CSE by hosting an informative lunch and learn on budgeting and donating 500 piggy banks that were distributed to students, faculty and staff. Participants were asked to collect their spare change over the next 60 days and make a personal donation to the 2014 CSE Annual Fund on "Giving Day" scheduled for May 1, 2014.
Alumna Pam Klainer of '67 gave a gift restricted to the day which enabled the Annual Fund office to provide students with a free ice cream sundae bar, just one of the many rewards for getting involved.
"I think this is a great cause and a creative way to save money and give back" said, sophomore, Erica Street-Valentin.
CSE student Sara Tumasz-Zolty indicated that this day would have a positive effect on the lives of students, as well as the world. Said Tumasz-Zolty, "I think it is important to give back to the community and to help make the world a better place."
Any students who were unable to attend but would like to participate in "Giving Day" on May 1 can pick up a piggy bank from the Annual Fund Office on the third floor of Santa Rita Hall or stop by Rose Dining Hall on May 1 from 11:00am-1:30pm to make a donation. Any gift amount is appreciated – no gift is too small!
Tanya Sorce, director of the Annual Fund stated, "Today's students are tomorrow's future leaders and it's important that we show them how those that came before them have invested in their education, the value of investing in their own education and in the education of the leaders that will follow in their footsteps. This is done by joining together and getting involved."