From Old 2 Gold raises record $70,355 for local charities

Author: Shannon Roddel


Thirty-eight participating local charities will share a record $70,355 raised at the fourth annual From Old 2 Gold sale May 24 in Notre Dame Stadium.

The event, which featured items left behind and donated by students, including electronics, clothing, computers, carpeting, furniture, appliances and sports equipment, exceeded the sales goal by $20,000 and raised 63 percent more than last year.It attracted a record 5,703 shoppers (47 percent more than last year), some 3,970 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, and an estimated 83.5 tons of items were diverted from area landfills.

The huge success of this years program was due to a wonderful volunteer base, a generous student body and a caring community,said Daniel Skendzel, director of administrative services for the Office of Business Operations.Project organizer Frank Parker did a fantastic job of bringing these three elements together to make From Old 2 Gold a smashing success.

Notre Dame spent $30,100 on From Old 2 Gold this year (not including $40,000 of departmental labor) and again deducted no expenses from the total revenue.Over the past four years, the sale has raised a total of more than $184,000 for local charities and diverted some 300 tons of items from landfills.

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