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St. Lawrence University's student government organization, the Thelomathesian Society, and its president, Jon Cardinal '08, of Ogdensburg, contributed approximately $3,500 to the local 2006 Harvest Walk fund-raiser, helping the event surpass its goal and collect some $14,500 in total gifts.

The event, held annually in Ogdensburg to fund programs that assist in feeding the hungry, raised $9,000 last year and had a goal of $10,000 for 2006. Cardinal, who has participated in the event since he was in high school and active in the Key Club, presented a donation of $2,000 from Thelmo to the organization, plus approximately $1,500 that he raised on his own, through pledges.

In an interview with his hometown newspaper, the Ogdensburg Journal, Cardinal stated, "St. Lawrence University students want to give back to the North Country. When I spoke to the student government representatives, I told them we call this home for eight months of the year. I made the argument that we had an obligation to give back for all the opportunities the North Country has given us."

All of the funds raised through the annual Harvest Walk go directly to those in need in the area, through Catholic Charities, Renewal House, the Salvation Army and other organizations.

Posted: November 1, 2006

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