West Long Branch, NJ - Monmouth University communication students have raised over $3000 for local charities.

Professor Sherry Sukienik’s Small Group Communication class took the holiday initiative by creating three fundraisers.  Split into three groups, the class worked all semester long on setting fundraising goals and structuring plans on how to reach them.  In total, the class raised over $3,000.

The first group adopted a family from the Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch.   The students purchased gifts for the family after gathering nearly $500 through a silent auction and bake sale.

The second group raised money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, since one of the members suffers from Crohn’s Disease.  The group raised over $3,000 between its charity walk held on the Kessler Field Track at Monmouth University on November 17 and its donation web page, according to Lucy Russo, member of the group.

The third group raised nearly $350 and sent presents to soldiers overseas. 

In addition, communication student  Ashley Anton participated in a “Holidays for the Homeward Bound 2012” campaign in which she provided the pets at the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA) with the holiday homelike experience.  Anton’s placed drop boxes on campus and distributed flyers in the local community to solicit donations. Monmouth University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) set up an “Animal Giving Tree” in the Student Center to benefit the MCSPCA.  Also, PRSSA as well as members of the Department of Communication purchased gifts for families in need that they adopted for the season.