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Le Moyne College Hosts Benefit for Sudan Primary School

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … On Thursday, April 19, Le Moyne College, in collaboration with Onondaga Community College and Cazenovia College, will present “A Celebration of Hope,” a benefit to support the Ariang Primary School in South Sudan. The event marks the culminating event for Le Moyne’s 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mini-Grant from Campus Compact and the Corporation for National Service.

Celebrating Hope will take place at Le Moyne College’s Campus Center in the James Commons from 7 - 9 p.m. The evening will include a dessert reception, craft fair, and a panel discussion featuring Ariang Primary School founder, Gabriel Deng Bol, who arrived in Syracuse as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne after graduating with his associate’s degree from Onondaga Community College. The event will also include a “Virtual School Supply Drive,” to raise additional funds for some of the school’s most pressing initiatives including building wells, providing food for families in the drought-stricken region, and providing educational and vocational opportunities for the women of Ariang.

In the month leading up to the event, students from Le Moyne, OCC, and Cazenovia will engage in service projects and fundraising efforts to support the event, including visiting local classrooms and after-school programs for local school children to write “Letters of Hope” which Deng will deliver to the children enrolled in the Ariang School. Fundraising efforts will also include campus-based “Virtual School Supply Drives,” enabling donors to provide support at a variety of financial levels ranging from $1 for a brick in the ongoing construction efforts, to a $100 donation to provide a month of school lunches for a child enrolled in the school.

Tickets for the benefit are $10 general admission; $3 for students. For more information, contact (315) 445-5438.

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posted on: 3/16/2012