Shane Armstrong, dean of Student Success, organized the event and said she was pleased with this year’s turnout.
“Last year we had about 40 people come by and eat with us, and this year we had 60,” she said. “We have it the week after finals, after all the grades are in and most of the students have gone home, so it’s a real fun, informal time.”
She said they had faculty and staff provide seven different types of soups, desserts and other goodies. She said some of the younger faculty members brought their families to the event, and a few of the student-athletes left on campus stopped by for food and fellowship.
“Last year we raised $130, and we were thrilled with that, but this year we raised $217 in donations,” Armstrong said.
She said her hope is for the event to grow more and more every year and for more people on campus to get involved.
“I grew up in Owensboro, and my mother is someone who benefited from Goodfellows as a child,” Armstrong said. “About 15 years ago, my mom said to me in a melancholy moment, when she passed away she wanted me to make a contribution every year to Goodfellows in her memory.”
Armstrong said her mom doesn’t know, but every year since that conversation, she has made a donation to Goodfellows.
“My mother is still alive and kicking and in great health,” she said. “But it makes me happy every year to be able to do that personally.”
Armstrong said when she started her job as dean of Student Success and the center opened, everything kind of aligned for Soup Day to become an on-campus event.
“Wesleyan is a very giving community,” she said. “Not only is this an opportunity for me to personally make a donation but to start something that will make a much larger impact for years to come.”
Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to: Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302. Donations can also be dropped off at the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. People can also contribute online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute.
Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 16, 2017
Previously reported $98,868.93
Messenger-Inquirer Soup Day for
Messenger-Inquirer CSR/ Advertising
Jeans day $215
In memory of my husband, Hugh R.
Hale by Wanda Hale $200
In memory of Walter and Elizabeth
Fantini and Carl and Roberta
In memory of Otto Roberts Jr. by
James and Anne Roberts and Mary
and Jimmy Calhoun $20
In memory of LeRoy and Clara
Bivins by Anne and James Roberts … $20
In memory of Ruth and Don Jackson
and Robert and Alta Moore by Anne
and James Roberts … $20
In honor of Martine and George
Holland by Anne and James
Roberts … $20
In honor of our grandmother, Cordelia
B. Roberts by Travis Roberts, and
Jennifer and David Calhoun … $20
Total as of Dec. 16 … $100,109.93