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Second annual Harvest Festival unites community members, campus

Posted by Ashley Wise on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 @ 12:10 PM

Waynesburg University’s Student Senate will host a campus and community Harvest Festival Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Johnson Commons. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Cara Petrone, a sophomore psychology major from Canonsburg, Pa., and social vice president of Student Senate, planned the event to promote campus and community relations as well as raise funds for local needs.

“We tried to plan this event around multiple campus activities,” Petrone said. “Since it’s during trick-or-treating, we’re hoping the community will come and participate.”

Campus organizations will assemble and manage themed booths that display homemade snacks and activities, such as pumpkin carving, for purchase. The various booths will compete for two financial allotments of $50 each from Student Senate based on the most money raised and most creative booths. 

In an effort to adhere to Waynesburg University’s mission of service, half of all proceeds raised will be donated to Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up, a Western Pennsylvania-based non-profit that raises money for outerwear for those in need. Participating organizations will keep the other half of funds raised for projects, conferences and other organizational needs.

Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Student Leadership and Student Senate adviser, hopes Harvest Festival will draw crowds to support a good cause.

“As the season changes, we know some individuals do not have adequate winter clothing,” Calvario said. “This event allows the University to partner with the Salvation Army to meet the needs of our local community.”

WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, will host its annual Pumpkin Bowling following the event.

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