Carleton's annual holiday craft & bake sale, held Friday, Dec. 7 in the Weitz Center for Creativity, raised a record amount this year in support of the College's Custodial Scholarship Fund. Sixty-three vendors participated, raising $1,085; bake sales provided an additional $1,388, bringing the total amount raised in 2012 to $2,473. Special acknowledgement goes to event organizer Loretta Springer, along with Melissa Thomas, Renee Rezac, Linda Mueller, Patti Sabrowski, and the Custodial staff for their hard work and assistance.
Springer first organized this event in 1982, as a way to showcase and sell homemade items made by Carleton staff. The annual holiday event serves as a fun way to demonstrate the wide-range of hobbies and crafts engaged in by Carleton staff and community members.
Carleton custodian Pat Flynn established the Custodial Scholarship Fund in 1993. Over three-quarters of the custodial staff at Carleton donate back a portion of each paycheck to help fund an endowed scholarship given each year to at least one Carleton student. In 1997, Flynn organized the first annual bake sale in partnership with the craft sale to help raise money for the Scholarship Fund; the bake sale raised close to $750 in 2011.