Gannon University’s Social Work Club Hosts 39th Annual Christmas Dinner

Posted: December 3, 2016

Gannon University's Social Work Club will host its 39th annual Christmas Dinner from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Beyer Hall Cafeteria, 628 Peach St. It is one example of Gannon University's focus on service and volunteerism and welcomes everyone in the community.

Attendees will be treated to a free, full turkey dinner prepared by Metz Culinary Management, which provides dining management services at Gannon University. Metz will also provide presents for all children in attendance, including several bicycles. All the decorations, including completely decorated Christmas trees, will be given to families who attend. The event will also include a visit from Santa Claus.

Up to 500 people are expected to attend the event, which is organized by Gannon University's Social Work Club. Lydia Archinal, a junior social work major from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, is the president of the club that organized the efforts of around 100 volunteers who bought presents for the children, conducted fundraising events and solicited donations from local businesses.

Gannon University student organizations including the African Student Union, Global Unity at Gannon University (GU2), Lambda Sigma honor society, Gannon Gamers Guild and many others were instrumental in the success of this very large undertaking.

"Personally, it's one of the reasons I came to Gannon University to be a social work major," Archinal said. "When I was a high school senior visiting campus, my tour guide took me to the dinner, so this will be my fourth dinner and third as a Gannon student."