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Moravian College to help feed Bethlehem’s Hungry at Holiday Lunch

Music, crafts, and gifts from “Santa” to brighten children’s day

Bethlehem, Pa., December 6, 2007—For the ninth consecutive year, Moravian College will host a holiday luncheon at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity to provide food to residents of Bethlehem who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a seasonal feast. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch will be attended by more than 250 people from a variety of Bethlehem social service agencies including the South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center, Victory House, New Bethany Ministries, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fountain Hill School Family Center, the Fowler Family Center, Turning Point, and Clearview Elementary School Family Center.

This year, “special visitors” will attend the luncheon to spread holiday cheer among the guests.  The Moravian College “Holiday Hound” mascot will be portrayed by Jeff Lawson, administrative systems manager in Moravian’s Center for Information Technology. He will be joined by “Rudolph Elfette”, Anna Lawson, his 10-year old daughter.

For each of the last eight years, more than fifty Moravian College faculty, staff, and students have volunteered to help serve a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cake, and pie. Moravian College continues its partnership with social services agencies to provide outreach to residents of Bethlehem that would benefit from some holiday spirit and a nutritious hot meal. Cathedral Church is providing the site and Moravian College is providing the food and volunteers for the lunch. Moravian College volunteers will be setting up, serving food, greeting, entertaining, interacting with guests and their children.

Terry Kubera,  secretary in the Education Department, will organize volunteers to assist children with the arts and craft activities.  Hilde Binford, professor of Music at Moravian, and her two sons will engage guests in a project that results in Christmas tree ornaments each filled with a photo of the guest.

A musical group comprised of students , staff, and friends will provide live music throughout the lunch. The musicians include Tom Mondschein, user support analyst in Moravian’s Center for Information Technology on bass; Emily Gibbons ’09, Edison, N.J. on trumpet, Bonnie Banks-Beers on flute, Silva Mandler, visiting instructor-Spanish in the foreign language department, and Beverly Morgan, adjunct professor in the education department, will be sharing time on the piano. In addition, a group of students “Carolers” are being organized by Kelly LaTourette ’08, Honesdale, Pa. and assisted by Sandy Fluck, professor of education.

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at Wyandotte Street/Route 378 on south end of Hill-to-Hill Bridge in Sayre Hall.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.