Simon Volunteers Club Spreads Holiday Joy

By: Stefanie

Each December, with the help of the Simon and Rochester communities, the Simon Volunteers student club launches a Secret Santa Campaign.  The Volunteers work with several local organizations and their member families to purchase holiday gifts for underprivileged children in the Rochester area.  Last year, the Volunteers were able to make the holidays brighter for 135 children and their families.  This year’s goal is 160 children. 

Throughout the year, the club plans multiple events as fundraisers including a Beer Tasting event (always a favorite!) and a Silent Auction – with donations from local businesses, faculty, staff, and students.  You can bid and win such prizes as a round of golf with a faculty member at the exclusive member-only Oak Hill Country Club, guitar lessons, a baked good once a month for a year, a gourmet meal for you and 3 of your favorite friends – just to name a few!  And all for a good cause.  The money raised, along with cash donations, goes to the shoppers (Secret Santas) to purchase the gifts on the children’s wish list.  

The Secret Santa campaign then culminates with one of the most eagerly awaited annual traditions – the Wrapping Party!  Current students, faculty, staff enjoy listening to carols, sipping hot cocoa, and wrapping the many presents purchased with care.  If you aren’t already in the holiday spirit by the wrapping party, you sure will be after!  Every year I enjoy being a Secret Santa and having the chance to give a child in the Rochester area a brighter holiday.  There is no better way to join the Simon community in celebrating the holidays!

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