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Stony Brook University Residence Halls Raise Over $17,000 For Charity


Stony Brook University Residence Halls Raise Over $17,000 For Charity

Month long fund-raising campaign brings holiday gifts to local children in need and benefits local philanthropies

Volunteer gift wrappers

STONY BROOK, N.Y., December 15, 2009 – Stony Brook University Residence Halls raised $17,075.27 during a 5 week fund raising campaign, taking place from October 29th, 2009 through December 4th, 2009. The annual fund raising effort is known at Stony Brook University as ‘Tis the Season. 

Since the fall of 1989, the Department of Residential Programs has been brightening up the lives of families and children throughout the neighboring communities through the ‘Tis the Season charity fundraiser.  The focus of ‘Tis the Season is to get Stony Brook students involved in a community service opportunity by connecting them with organizations outside of the university.  Every year, ‘Tis the Season collects funds from students, primarily from the Residence Halls, to purchase gifts for children of underprivileged families. Traditionally, a large scale gift wrapping party is organized the night before the gifts are delivered, to display and celebrate the efforts of all the participants.

Presents all bagged upweb
Gifts wrapped and ready to be distributed.

This year, gifts were purchased for 178 local children. The children’s wish list items were provided by two local family service organizations, Colonial Youth and Family Services and NANA’s House, both located in Mastic, N.Y. The gifts were then wrapped and delivered to each office where they are given to the children. In an effort to support more local philanthropies, each Residential Quad chose a philanthropic organization from Stony Brook’s It’s About Us campaign, to donate twenty-five percent of the total money raised in the Residence Hall. The recipients chosen were: the Safe Kids Account, the Child Life Services Fund, the Cancer Center Endowed Research Fund, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, and the Sunrise Fund. 

The Residence Halls that raised the most money were Toscanini : $1,471.72, Benedict : $1,108.99, Langmuir : $1,021.86, and Cardozo : $1,012.00.

For additional information call Miriam Rios at 631.632.2040 – See more at:

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