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Ancilla College’s SGA “Penny Wars” a Success

April 14, 2014

04/15/14 DONALDSON – Ancilla’s Student Government Association sponsored a campus-wide “Penny Wars” this March to fundraise for the organization as well as local charities.

Faculty, students, and staff volunteered to have their face on a tea jug in order to raise money for the group or charity of their choice. 10 volunteers stepped up to the plate including: Dr. Tom Buchanan (faculty) for the Marshall County Historical Society, Chelsea Chalk (faculty and PTK rep) for Culver Boys & Girls Club, Jacob Cross (student) for Military Family Association, John Gough (faculty) for the Neighborhood Center, Kristin Korcha (faculty) for Relay for Life Starke Co, Jill Neidlinger (faculty and SGA rep) for Ancilla College Emergency Fund, Allen Renz (student and Dance Club rep) for Ancilla College Emergency Fund, Joel Thomas (faculty) for Marshall County Humane Society, Steve VanDerAa (faculty) for Relay for Life Marshall Co, and Sr. Carleen Wrasman (staff) for Sojourner Truth house.

For two weeks before spring break, fans could donate pennies to their favorite cause or face.  Each penny counted as a point and silver coins counted as negative points. 

“We were thrilled with the results of the Penny Wars,” said Jill Neidlinger, SGA Advisor and Assistant Professor of Math and Developmental Studies at Ancilla College.  “We raised over $400 through the event and were able to give payouts to the top three winners for their charities.”

Half of all the proceeds go the top two winners’ charities and the first place winner has the “honor” of being dressed up in a silly outfit with their face painted. The winner of the contest was Joel Thomas; he received $162 to go the Marshall County Humane Society.  Second place went to Sister Carleen with $50 going to Sojourner Truth House, and Tom Buchanan earned $25 for his charity – Marshall County Historical Society – by having earned the most money overall.

Ancilla College ( is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.