University of Dayton alumni bring spirit of campus event to Fort Wayne

Press release from the University of Dayton Alumni:

University of Dayton alumni bring spirit of campus event to Fort Wayne

(December 9, 2010) – Members of the Fort Wayne chapter of the University of Dayton (UD) Alumni Association and volunteers will bring the joy of Christmas and the UD spirit to children in the Fort Wayne area. The alumni will host a special holiday party for the children in the Hanna-Creighton neighborhood at the Fort Wayne Urban League (2135 South Hanna Street) Saturday, Dec. 11 from 2-4 p.m.

The event, Christmas off Campus, is an extension of the university’s Christmas on Campus, a campus-wide celebration that brings the joy of Christmas to the underprivileged children of the Dayton area. The tradition of celebrating Christmas on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception dates back to 1964 when a group of students got together and decided they wanted to celebrate Christmas before they left for the holidays. With that small group of students back in 1964, Christmas on Campus was born. Since then, it has evolved into the night of magic and wonder that we know today.

The alumni volunteers hope to bring that same excitement to the Fort Wayne community with their off campus celebration. An afternoon of arts and crafts, games, and snacks, and even a visit from Santa himself are planned.

The alumni welcome contributions from alumni and the Fort Wayne community. If you would like to give a monetary donation or provide supplies, contact Lauren Caggiano at (260) 466-6218 or caggialp@gmail.com.

Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), The University of Dayton is a leader in higher education – a preeminent Catholic university – an institution whose students, faculty, staff, and alumni live its mission: Learn, Lead, and Serve.

For more information about Christmas on Campus, go to www.udayton.edu/~coc.

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