BU’s Phi Kappa Phi Raises Funds For Ronald McDonald House

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2005

BLOOMSBURG –Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Danville and its house operations fund. 

The campaign, “Legacy of Love,” is designed to raise money for families who are unable to pay for their stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses. No family is turned away from the house due to an inability to pay, and the house relies entirely on donations to offset the cost for these families.

On Friday, Nov. 11, members of Phi Kappa Phi will be stationed in the lobbies of McCormick Center and Centennial Hall to collect donations for the house operations fund. Donations from clubs and organizations will also be collected from Nov. 11 to Dec. 2 at the SOLVE Office, located in the Warren Student Services Center. SOLVE stands for Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment.

Phi Kappa Phi’s past chapter president and current chapter public relations officer Mary Katherine Duncan is organizing the Legacy of Love campaign. “Families who come to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville are already besieged with expenses associated with pediatric illness and often simply can’t afford to pay for their lodging,” Duncan said.

The Psychology Association, advised by Duncan, piloted the project on a smaller scale last spring and raised approximately $1,000, primarily through $1 donations. Duncan hopes other student organizations will get involved in the service project and collect funds within their organizations. “Because Phi Kappa Phi is an all-disciplinary honor society, we are trying to include student groups from all over campus,” Duncan said.

Organizations interested in participating in the Legacy of Love campaign should contact Duncan at (570) 389-4469 for more information.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.