Alt. Spring Break fundraisers bring in record profits for trips


Assistant professor of education Dr. Marcia Balester stands proud in her “jail cell” on Feb. 7 to raise money for Alternative Spring Break Jail and Bail. Jail and Bail is one of several planned fundraisers for Alternative Spring Break.

Alyssa Stencavage, Staff Writer

As students, faculty and staff perused through the Henry Student Center, various faculty members and a student could be seen behind orange meshing. As passersby came and went, they called out to release them.

This is one of the many fun events that is in support of the upcoming Alternative Spring Break trips starting March 3.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Jail and Bail Fundraiser took place in the HSC.  Students and faculty were locked up in their fake jail cells and money was given to either free or keep them in ‘jail.’

The Spaghetti Dinner, which took place on Thursday, Jan. 26, saw record-breaking numbers. The dinner was prepared for 500-600 people, but got close to 1,000.

“It was much larger than last year. We didn’t think we could get close to last year, but the campus turnout support was just amazing,” said Student Government president and senior p2 pharmacy major Willie Eggleston, who is going on an ASB trip to Dominican Republic.

An fundraiser called ‘Stick em-up’ will be taking place on Feb. 23 in the sub lounge. Here students and professors will be standing up against boards and people can buy arms-length pieces of duck tape and tape them to the wall. ‘Stick-em-up’ is expected to raise $200-$300.

Moving off-campus, we see some restaurant fundraisers going on to help with the ASB trip. There was a restaurant night held at Rodano’s. A Friendly’s fundraiser happening on Thursday, Feb. 16 will encompass the entire day. Flyers are at the information desk, and 20 percent of the profits from the entire day will go back to Wilkes.

At a second restaurant fundraiser coming up on Feb. 28 at the McDonald’s on the corner of North Hampton and Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, people simply mentioning Wilkes ASB will send a percentage of the profits back to Wilkes.

There are close to 35-40 students going on the trip, who can go for a minimal cost of $450.

“It is looking like we will reach our fundraising goal of $50,000. There have been great turnouts at the fundraisers thus far, and we are hoping for that to continue, especially with our expanded hours and we are hoping for help from families and faculty,” Eggleston said.

To learn more about the fundraisers, check out Facebook for invites!/events/239847269431917/!/events/289883107731535/