Clare Myers, Staff Writer
Two North Texas organizations will benefit from the nearly $20,000 that was raised during Charity Week 2012.
The profits will benefit the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas and The Least Among Us, organizations that hold special significance for many in the University of Dallas community. The two agencies will evenly split the total raised.
At least $19,883.56 was raised during the week, a sum that may actually prove greater once the final tally has been determined. Charity Week co-chairs Chandler Johnson, Cierra Houchins and Pat Archer met before the Thanksgiving break and counted the receipts.
Johnson said the total could increase, and that money raised during Charity Week usually totals between $17,000 and $20,000.
“All of the money counts, paperwork and receipts have to be given to the treasurer to be recounted and totaled,” Johnson said. She said the inconsistent pace at which the data have been received contributed to the delay in announcing the totals.
The Catholic Pro-Life Committee is a group whose ministries includesidewalk counseling and care for women who have been hurt by abortion, and it also promotes the pro-life cause.
Crusaders for Life is one of UD’s most active student organizations and is a part of the committee. The club regularly draws a crowd for its weekly Prayerful Presence prayer vigils and sponsors events such as showings of pro-life movies and speakers from related organizations.
The importance many in the UD community place on the pro-life cause was a major reason the Catholic Pro-Life Committee was chosen. The organization had a booth in Haggar University Center during the week.
“The CPLC has always found a home at UD,” said Katie Green of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee. “We are deeply grateful to the students and the whole campus community for their support.”
The Least Among Us is a nonprofit that focuses on “providing resources that allow children to improve themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually,” according to the organization’s website. It has concentrated its efforts in impoverished communities in El Salvador, partnering with the local government and Catholic community to make a significant impact.
“It’s an alum organization, which is part of the reason why we chose them,” said Johnson.
This year, Johnson said, the most financially successful parts of the week were the silent auction, jail, and the ever-popular Male Auction. Events introduced this year proved popular: The Auction of Absurdity, according to Johnson, raised nearly $2,000.