Suzanne Buchholz, Reporter
A holiday party for Pierce College employees was held on the Puyallup campus Dec. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m.
The party, called “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” was held in the multipurpose rooms near the dining commons in the College Center. It was open to Pierce College employees and featured food, activities and raffle prizes for guests to enjoy.
The party began with a brief speech by Pierce College Puyallup President Marty Cavalluzzi, welcoming guests and thanking the staff members who organized the party. He also congratulated the guests on completing fall quarter.
The event was catered by Lancer Catering and provided wraps, fruits and vegetables, as well as hot chocolate. Other treats such as cookies, cakes and brownies were supplied by employees. The leftover food was taken to the staff lounge for others to help themselves, according to Program Coordinator Linda Gulbransen.
Guests engaged in activities such as a game called “name the candy” as well as a raffle. The raffle numbers were announced by Gulbransen and District Outreach Manager Ruth Schindler. The prizes that were given to guests included Star Wars glasses, travel cups, candy and gift cards.
Every guest who attended the party received a raffle ticket, but guests were able to get an additional ticket by bringing a box of character-themed Band-Aids with them. The Band-Aids were donated to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The amount of Band-Aids collected during the party might have been the largest quantity ever donated during this particular event over the years, according to Schindler.
The party concluded with another speech by Cavalluzzi, thanking everyone who had come to the event. He also invited the employees to share some of the experiences they had during fall quarter. Employees shared stories on various subjects such as the opening of the campus food pantry, helping students overcome learning obstacles and starting a new program known as the Pathways Project.
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