PTA & SOTA Clubs Fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

The PTA and SOTA clubs at Kent State University’s East Liverpool campus recently conducted a penny drive for K105 radio station’s St. Jude’s Pennython.  K105 holds the annual fundraiser annually aiming to raise one million pennies for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Club members spent many hours collecting, counting, rolling and recounting pennies that eventually totaled $626.  Just before Spring break, several students and staff members traveled to the radio station where they presented a check to K105 radio hosts Doug and Maryann during a live broadcast.

Kent State students were thrilled to fundraise for such a worthy cause. Kelly Guerriero, a senior in the physical therapist assistant program, was excited to participate in the fundraiser because she knew the donation would benefit sick children. “The fundraiser was extremely important to me because I know our donation will go towards helping children and their families,” she said. “The donation will fund research to help find cures for children with cancer and other diseases.”

Tina DeLand, a junior in the occupational therapy assistant program, shared Guerriero’s excitement about supporting St. Jude’s. “Cancer is such a terrible disease. It was a great experience knowing our donations could help save the lives of sick kids. I was proud to visit K105 and represent our program,” she said.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is unlike any other medical facility. Its mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of the facility’s founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. All medically eligible patients who are accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay.


Media Contact:
Bethany Zirillo, 330-382-7430,

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:25 AM
UPDATED: Thursday, December 08, 2022 09:22 AM

Related Articles

More than 60%  of rural Americans live in areas the National Institute of Health deems to be underserved by mental health professionals and only about 20% of social workers nationwide are employed in rural areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These stats, coupled with the high demand for licensed social workers — especially in areas like those surrounding Kent State University’s Regional Campuses — produce significant disparities and gaps in care for people needing social services.

Filling in those gaps is the primary aim of program director Matt Butler and the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program through Kent State’s College of Applied and Technical Studies (CATS), which will have an emphasis on rural social work.

At the end of the 2022 fall semester, the Columbiana County campuses literary journal, Black Squirrel Scholars, held a short fiction writing contest and the winners were announced at the beginning of the new semester.

Kent State Columbiana County Campuses will be a host for this multi-campus open house event.

Kent State University is inviting prospective students and families throughout Northeast Ohio to explore its Regional Campus System at a unique, simultaneous open house event.  

The inaugural Blue & Gold Night begins at 5:30 p.m. March 21.