Criminal Justice Students Help United Way

FULTON, NY – The Criminal Justice Society at the Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College presented a check Wednesday to the United Way. The donation represented the culmination of several fundraising activities that the club hosted this year.”The students raised well over $2,000 this year for charity,” said professor John Lamphere. The group turned over $1,207 Wednesday.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Jan Baum, president of the Criminal Justice Society.

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The Criminal Justice Society at Cayuga Communty College presented a donation to the United Way Wednesday morning at the Fulton campus. From left are (front) Angela Palmer, Melanie Trexler, Jan Baum, Sue Witmer, Lois Luber, (back) John Lamphere, Rachel McCormick, Terry Wilbur, Shawn Regan, Kris Ferrara and Corey Trask.

Baum said that the club raised some money last year through smaller activities. This year, she said the group decided to kick its efforts up a notch. She said United Way was selected as the recipient because of the positive things it does in the community.

“We thought it was a great organization,” Baum said. “The money stays in Oswego County and this will help those who are less fortunate.”

“The United Way is thrilled to be a part of Cayuga Community College,” said Melanie Trexler of the United Way. “You can really pick up on the positive energy of this school. We will do anything to be a part of that.”

Baum said approximately 20 club members took part in the various activities.

“Everyone was active in this,” she said.

While Baum and several other members are graduating this year, she said that she is confident that several of the fundraising activities will continue beyond their tenure at the school.

“We did so many ‘first annual’ events this year,” Baum said. “Hopefully the will continue everything next year. Everybody here loved them.”

She noted that the recipient of those activities will be up to the future club members.

“It will be up to the next group,” she said. “But I imagine they will probably stick with the United Way.”

Baum noted that all of the activities the club hosted stayed at the CCC Fulton campus.

“Everything we did was right here,” she said. “They really were a lot of fun to do. … It was also a lot of work but everyone pulled together and rallied together for a good cause.”

Baum noted that the society did receive a helping hand from some local merchants, as well. She said that Jim Mirabito of the Hannibal Village Market IGA donated the meat for one of the hot dog sales and Dave Marsh of the Weston Bakeries donated rolls.

“We really appreciate all of the donations we received,” she said.

The Criminal Justice Societies activities for the 2007-08 school year included:

  • Jail House Rock which raised $815
  • a Veteran’s Remembrance Walk (the group purchased two bricks for the memorial walkway at the Fulton War Memorial on behalf of the school)
  • a book faire and food baskets with PTK
  • a Jenna Foundation Teleconference in Albany for exploited children
  • an alumni cookie drop (the group coordinated the drop and the donations)
  • nine pizza sales
  • two hamburger/hot dog bakes (raising $363 on May 1 alone)
  • a chili cookoff contest
  • a campus clean up on Earth Day
  • providing security for the Oswego County High School Wrestling tournament
  • that was held at SUNY Oswego
  • six guest speakers open to campus
  • a field trip with a dinner
  • worked booths at both school orientation sessions
  • hosted two criminal justice appreciation nights for workers

The group will also take part in the Fulton Memorial Day Salute Parade representing the campus this month.