DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College’s 55-year tradition of holding a St. Patrick’s Day Auction is getting a makeover this year. Loras College Spiritual Life will host its first St. Pat’s Party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10 at The Pub inside the Alumni Campus Center. As in the past, the event will help raise funds for the college’s service trips.
“I’m excited to bring people together in a way that can build community,” said Crystal Kleitsch, a junior at Loras and service trip coordinator. “Duhawks are so willing to give their time and talents on these trips, so it’s important to raise money for these efforts. It will be a great night!”
Much like the previous St. Pat’s Auction, there will be festive food, decorations, children’s activities, live music, and opportunities to hear from students about their service trip experiences. There will also be opportunities to participate in fundraising efforts, including a donation package created by each individual service trip team.
Loras is recognized nationally for service and offers a variety of weeklong service trips scheduled throughout the year. Every year, more than 100 Loras students, faculty and staff set out across the country and abroad.
Loras students’ commitment to serving others has earned the college a place on the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service since 2008, the highest such federal recognition an institution of higher education can receive, “with distinction” since 2009. It’s not uncommon for students to perform nearly 90,000 hours or more of service during an academic year.
To learn more about the St. Pat’s Party, how you can donate, or service trips in general, please contact Stacia McDermott at Anastacia.McDermott@loras.edu.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.