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Hendrix Students’ Campus Kitty Fundraising for Nonprofits Tops $25,000 for 2023-24 Academic Year

Three student-selected nonprofits to receive portions of total funds raised

Campus Kitty leaders held an end-of-year gathering to announce their current fundraising total and celebrate a successful academic year of supporting student-selected local nonprofits. Front row, from left: Vice Chair Joelle Fahoum, Publicity Chair Gabbie Lefear, and Chair Kate Jackson. Back row, from left: Secretary Dani Brumbelow, Miss Hendrix Director Haylee Songer, Donations & Fundraising Co-Chairs Sydney Lovell and Hannia Valero, and Awareness Chair Lily Black. Not pictured: Treasurer West Boudreaux.

CONWAY, Arkansas (April 19, 2024)—Campus Kitty, the Hendrix College student-run organization that for more than six decades has raised funds for local charities, on Tuesday announced their academic year-to-date total of $25,342 in gifts that will be allocated to this year’s selected local nonprofit organizations. They expect more dollars to be added through fundraising activities on Alumni Weekend, which begins today. 

The students revealed the current total and gave “paper plate awards”—providing formal recognition on a budget that doesn’t diminish the fundraising total—to numerous committee members, honoring their work on various events held throughout the academic year that have contributed to the amount raised. Campus Kitty leaders also invited all three of this year’s student-selected nonprofits to send a representative to speak about the work they do and the people they assist, and two were able to attend. 

Leona Walton of the Pine Street Backpack Program explained how the initiative helps about 1,000 kids a year, providing customized school supplies according to age and grade level, plus gift cards so students can select their own back-to-school clothes; and Carolyn Davis of Soul Food Cafe Mission shared the breadth of services that organization provides each Tuesday to community members with immediate needs, including hot meals, food to go, shower facilities, washers and dryers, and health and beauty items. (The third student-selected nonprofit, Intransitive, an education and advocacy group supporting and advancing the leadership of trans Arkansans, was unable to send a speaker to the ceremony.)

Campus Kitty Chair Kate Jackson ’24 reported that community involvement was particularly high this year. Campus Kitty’s two largest events grew even larger, as more than 2,000 people attended the revamped and expanded holiday bazaar that was held in The Village at Hendrix, and the annual Ms. Hendrix event in March had its first-ever sellout, with all 816 seats in Staples Auditorium filled.

In addition to receiving the inherent benefits that come with helping others, Hendrix students who serve on the Campus Kitty team have the option of earning Odyssey credit in the Service to the World category, one of six areas of engaged learning that the Hendrix Odyssey Program supports.

View photos from the ceremony here.

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