In what has become a fun-filled seasonal tradition in recent years, the Auburn Campus Tutor Club held a hot dog and soda sale at the Cayuga Community College 39th Annual Holiday Festival Craft Show on December 1 and 2, raising $1,800 for the College’s Wes Eldred Scholarship fund.
“We have a great team of tutors who gave up their weekend to help out with the sale,” said Teresa Hoercher, Tutor Club advisor and coordinator of tutorial services in the Center for Academic Success. “I’m incredibly proud of these students and grateful to everyone who contributed.”
Wes Eldred was a 2009 graduate of the College, where he was a dean’s list student and peer tutor and served as student commencement speaker. Eldred also received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, SUNY’s highest student recognition.
“Wes was among the finest of the many tutors I’ve worked with in my 20 years here,” Hoercher said. “Contributing to the scholarship fund that is named for him is a really meaningful way to keep his presence alive, and to let our current tutors know how much he cared about the College and his studies.”
Sponsored by the College’s Student Activities Board, the Holiday Festival Craft Show also featured performances by the Auburn Players Community Theater, musician and puppeteer Stephen Baird, balloon man Louis Paul, and the Barrigar Brothers, as well as numerous food vendors offering culinary treats representing a range of cultures and tastes.
More than a dozen tutors participated in the hotdog fundraiser, pitching in in all sorts of ways—everything from manning the grill to donning one of two hotdog costumes and dancing around the craft fair making deliveries to other vendors.
“Many thanks to our hardworking tutors, to Norm Lee and his Student Activities staff, to the Criminal Justice Club for donating the use of their grill, and to Subway for generously sharing kitchen space,” Hoercher said. “We had lots of fun raising money for an important cause.”