ESU Homecoming a Success as Students Raise more than $2,000 for Charities
East Stroudsburg University’s Homecoming festivities not only provided an entertaining week for students, alumni and university and community members, but they also raised money for charities.
Homecoming pageant contestants raised more than $2,000 for various charities of their choice, including the Greg W. Moyer Fund, Autism Speaks and Women’s Resources of Monroe County. Winners were judged on their fundraising efforts, in addition to the video each participant created, a speech explaining their choice of charity, their involvement in the campus and the community and their overall presentation during the pageant.
Kevin Skilton, a senior from Norristown, Pa., majoring in English, and Lauren Zirkelbach, a senior from Telford, Pa., majoring in interdisciplinary studies, were crowned king and queen, respectively. Skilton raised money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Bridge, which serves hundreds of children in northeast Pennsylvania. Zirkelbach fundraised for the ALS Foundation. ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Homecoming events also included a banner competition for student organizations; a T-shirt exchange; float building for the parade; faculty and staff door decorating contest; “Thriller” dance mob; Zumba costume party; Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony; Remembrance Day; alumni tailgate; and an alumni awards and reunion banquet.