A Touch of New Orleans
the Kentucky Derby Melded for a Charitable Cause
Several years ago, our Dean, Lucy McGough, joined us after having lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana most of her academic career. Soon, events linked to that history came to campus. First, came the sale of home-made gumbo to raise funds for a local charity. Then, ASL had its first shrimp boil.
Last month, the local chapter of the Lion's Club sponsored the second shrimp boil on campus along with a corn hole tournament designed to raise money for its many worthwhile projects. The local organization especially focuses on the needs of the low-income residents of Buchanan County who need eye exams and eyeglasses.
I profiled the Lion's Club as a student organization here.
Students and faculty at ASL enjoyed a meal of spicy shrimp, sausages, corn, and potatoes. Many of the students participated in the corn hole tournament. Josh Kinzer, the President of the Grundy Chapter of the Lions Clubs International, explained that the event raised awareness about Lion's Club projects.
Micah Bailey, an ASL 3L student, brought his lovely wife and son. He said: "It was a great opportunity to meet other students and mingle with the faculty members. The turnout was amazing, and we could not be more pleased with the student body participation."
In a small town like Grundy, students quickly learn how they can create their own fun while serving the community through many community service projects. I blogged about ASL's award-winning community service program here.
Love you all so much! You are lovely and big-hearted.