Ancilla College SGA Donates Penny Wars Proceeds to Charity

Joel Thomas proudly wears his “winner’s costume”
Joel Thomas proudly wears his “winner’s costume”

The Ancilla College Student Government Association recently concluded campus-wide “Penny Wars” to raise money for the organization and area charities.

Faculty, staff and students volunteered to have their face on a tea jug in order to raise money for a group or charity of their choice. In all, 10 volunteers took part, including: Dr. Tom Buchanan (faculty) for the Marshall County Historical Society, Chelsea Chalk (faculty and PTK rep) for Culver Boys & Girls Club, Jacob Cross (student) for Military Family Association, John Gough (faculty) for the Neighborhood Center, Kristin Korcha (faculty) for Relay for Life Starke County, Jill Neidlinger (faculty and SGA rep) for Ancilla College Emergency Fund, Allen Renz (student and Dance Club rep) for Ancilla College Emergency Fund, Joel Thomas (faculty) for Marshall County Humane Society, Steve VanDerAa (faculty) for Relay for Life Marshall County, and Sr. Carleen Wrasman (staff) for Sojourner Truth house.

During the two weeks prior to spring break, fans could donate pennies to their favorite cause or face. Each penny counted as a point, while silver coins counted as negative points. The competition raised more than $400. Of that, $162 was donated to the Marshall County Humane Society, $50 was given to Sojourner Truth House and $25 went to the Marshall County Historical Society.

In addition to taking the top prize, Thomas “won” the honor of being dressed up in a silly outfit and having his face painted.