Local Community Pitching in for Annual Gallagher Charitable Society Christmas Party

December 1, 2013

On Saturday, December 7, Saint Joseph's College's Gallagher Charitable Society (GCS) will host its annual Christmas party for underprivileged children and their families. This is the 36th year that Gallagher Charitable Society has hosted the event, which will begin at 9:00 am CST in the Halleck Student Center Ballroom on the SJC campus.

The event will feature a number of activities for those who visit. Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa; and jackets, food, and gifts will be handed out to those in attendance. A hot meal will also be provided for the roughly 400 people expected to attend.

The SJC baseball team and its head coach, Rick O'Dette ’99, will again be present at the event. Players and coaches will work as Santa's elves, coordinating games and activities and handing out books, toys, and food baskets. O'Dette continues to lend his support to the event after volunteering as a student at SJC. The baseball team will be joined by faculty advisor Fr. William Stang, C.PP.S. '72 and several student volunteers.

Members of the community contributed to the party through the Rensselaer Rotary Club's sixth annual Run/Walk for Warmth drive held at 24/7 Club Fit in Rensselaer. The drive raised money for coats, hats, and gloves that Rotary will distribute at the party. Hillcrest Dental of Rensselaer will donate toothbrushes, and Rensselaer schools are holding food drives. The classroom that collects the most food gets rewarded with a pizza party. ConAgra Foods will donate various food items, and Strack & Van Til will donate gift cards for the event organizers to use to purchase goods for the food baskets. At SJC, 465 students donated one of their meals to help fund a brunch for those in attendance.

If you would like to contribute in any way to the Gallagher Charitable Society Christmas Party, contact Rick O’Dette at ricko@saintjoe.edu or 219.866.6399.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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