JJC Student Government Raises More than $2,000 for Charity

The Joliet Junior College Student Government’s “Jail and Bail” program proved to be successful again this year, raising $2,139.JJC Student Government Raises More than $2,000 for Charity
 
Funds went to the Shriners Hospitals for Children; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy counties; the Family Outreach Program Food Pantry in Crest Hill; and Autism Speaks. In the past five years, Student Government has raised a total of $14,000 thanks to the “Jail and Bail” program, according to Pam Dilday, director of the office of student activities.
 
 
Student Government decided to donate half of the 2013 funds to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, an organization that provides financial help for children (up to age 18) with burn injuries, orthopaedics, cleft lip and palate, and spinal cord injuries. Shriners donations also go toward furthering the education of physicians, as well as medical research.
 
Jeremy Smith of Student Government, and new member of the Joliet Shriners Club, said the “Jail and Bail” funds were raised in five weeks. This is the first Shriners fundraiser Smith has been a part of.
 
“It’s an absolutely awesome group,” Smith said.
 
The Joliet Shriners Club hosts fundraisers all the time, but the group especially appreciated the donation from JJC.
 
“This is a nice donation,” said Scott Sonneberg, recorder of the Joliet Shriners Club. The $1,069.75 raised for the Shriners will go directly into the national account. The other three charities each received a donation of $356.58.
 
The “Jail and Bail” program has been going strong at JJC for five years. Each year, the JJC community is invited to nominate other students, faculty and staff to be “put under arrest.” These “offenses” are usually humorous and made up.
 
A few years ago, Dilday was charged with “cake slaughtering.”
 
After being arrested, the accused are required to either pay a “bail” to get out of jail – or be forced to serve a JJC jail sentence.
 
Bail is typically set at $100, but it can be higher for more “serious” offenses.
 
All bail money is donated to charities chosen by Student Government members.
 
For more information about Student Government, contact Dilday at 815-280-2755 or pdilday@jjc.edu.

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