The Construction Club is building up support for those in need.
When the club met for its annual Christmas part on Dec. 6, guests raised 165 pounds in food donations as well as almost $550 in cash for the Student Administrative Council’s food bank.
The event, which was held at Parkway Lanes in St. Catharines, drew about 85 students from the College’s Construction Studies division –which includes the College’s Construction Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technician, Construction Techniques, and Renovation Technician programs – as well as alumni and faculty.
The club’s faculty advisor Dino Morabito, Construction Engineering Technology professor, noted that the club has made it a tradition to support the SAC food drive through its holiday party.
“We have always tied our party into the SAC food drive to entice students to contribute to this worthy cause,” he said. “It helps to raise awareness for the needs that students on campus have, especially at this time of year.”
Students could purchase tickets or donate food at the event. Tickets for door prizes were $1 per ticket or a donation of two food items. Prizes were displayed for the winners to choose from. Morabito noted that there were many great prizes this year, including two $500 gift certificates to Best Buy donated by Rankin Construction.
“The club doesn’t just want this to be a good time event,” said Morabito. “With the opportunity given to us by our generous donors, we can use the door prizes as an incentive for the students to make a meaningful contribution to the food drive, at the same time as receiving a nice prize and having a great night out with their peers.”
The Construction Club has been in existence for many years. Morabito noted that it is a way to unite and identify the College’s Construction Studies students on campus, more than 200 strong. Two years ago, the Graphic Design students re-branded the club’s logo and arranged for clothing to be purchased donning the new design.
“We want our students to show the NC identity during school and when they graduate and enter the industry, so our main focus each year is the clothing line, the Christmas party and the SAC food Drive, and we have organized a golf tournament with our students as well,” he said.
Morabito thanked all those who participated and gave a special thanks to Gayle Breitenbach and Erica Horton for their hard work in securing the prizes.