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Loyola Gold Alumni spreads Christmas cheer

Posted by stabick on December 13, 2012

By Steve Tabick

Gold Alumni held its third annual Santa Claus Breakfast at Loyola University Chicago to spread Christmas cheer to the community and collect toy and money donations.

The donations went to Pillars, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families, specifically women and children in times of crisis.

A crowd of 60 formed in Centennial Forum Student Union at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus for the event, which included food, music, a dance show from Official Athletics Loyola Dance Team, carols sung by Aca’afellas, and a visit by Santa Claus for kids to sit on his lap.

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Macki Ditch, 19, a junior political science and criminal justice major and a captain of the dance team felt that it was important they danced there to help support the community and spread holiday cheer.

“It was nice to do something for the community and get involved,” Ditch said. “I’m glad we showed that Loyola can get involved in the community.”

Sheena Keith, 35, Assistant Vice President of Development and University Engagement from Forest Park felt that the event is always a great success and an important part of Loyola tradition as she enjoyed it with her family.

“We’ve been coming to this breakfast for several years now,” Keith said. “The staples are Santa, Lou Wolf, and the candy.”

Bobby Dunlap, 27, Assistant Director for Alumni Relations from Chicago was in charge of the event and was happy with how it turned out.

“Gold has done this event for a few years now,” Dunlap said. “Our goal is to provide an experience to some of the alumni who have children and the public. It’s going well; pictures with Santa and everything else is running quite smoothly.”

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