Friend-to-Friend hosts first dine-out fundraiser
The Friend-to-Friend Club, according to the president, senior Nick Henninger, has always strived to open doors for those with developmental disabilities, improve lives, and create strong friendships.
For his senior project, Henninger invited a group of disabled adults from the Gallagher Services to come to events given by JC throughout the year.
Henninger wanted to take the events outside of the JC community by taking the group to the Baltimore Zoo. These trips can be costly, so the group is having a fundraiser at Box Hill Pizzeria Monday May 14.
“As we were beginning to raise money for our field trip to the Maryland Zoo on May 19, it became clear that a dining-out night would be necessary for us to pay for the trip,” Henninger said.
As a fundraiser for the club, students and faculty are encouraged to come to eat and have a good time with friends. All students have to do is say that they are from JC and 10 percent of the profits made will go to Friend-to-Friend.
The group was able to get enough money from donations to fund the trip to the zoo. “Thanks to Mr. Larry Dukes and the Athletic Department, the school bus was paid for and the price of the trip came down substantially. Many other generous donors also helped us out tremendously, so much so that the trip is now completely paid for,” Henninger said.
Even though the trip to the zoo is funded, Henninger plans to go on with the dine-out night at Box Hill Pizzeria. “Despite the financial success, we have decided to go ahead with this dining-out night, and are happy to say that all of the funds raised on Monday will go directly towards future Friend-to-Friend events and field trips,” Henninger said.
Henninger hopes many students will attend the event at Box Hill on May 14 to support the group. “Come support us at Box Hill Pizzeria this Monday. By supporting us, you enable this program to have a sustainable future, where we can hold many more events, parties, and field trips in the years to come, without having to worry about the money. We hope to become a strong force for good in the John Carroll community,” Henninger said.
Ashley Beyer is a Lifestyles Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.