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New Date Set for Keuka College Participation in MLK Day of Service


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Keuka College alumni will visit with the residents of Clinton Crest Manor as part of the College's participation in the annual MLK Day of Service. One of the activities planned is playing board games.

Keuka College students, faculty, staff, and alumni are known for their dedication to serving their neighbors near and far. And on the annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21, dozens of Keukonians were ready to serve the members of their communities. 

Activities included visiting residents of Clinton Crest Manor, collecting non-perishables for a food pantry, and teaching Penn Yan-area students about the game of basketball.

Due to a severe weekend snowstorm, these activities were derailed. While the basketball clinic was cancelled, College alumni will still spend some time with residents of Clinton Crest Manor. Their visit has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. 

Planned activities include an exercise event led by Terry Test ’73, a sing-along, fingernail painting, and board games. In addition, Cherylanne Gray ’83 will bring her therapy dog, Lexie, an 11-year-old Lhasapoo, to visit the residents.

Meanwhile, Keuka College alumni living in Geneva will conduct a non-perishable food drive to benefit the Geneva Center of Concern’s food pantry. The date has not yet been determined. The effort will be led by Tracey O’Donnell Wallace ’03, who has supported the center since moving to Geneva five years ago.

The Center of Concern, open since 1972, operates a food pantry and store, both of which are vital sources of support to the Geneva community. The food pantry is the primary source of emergency food for Geneva’s elderly and families in need, and serves approximately 10,000 people annually.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Keuka College have a connection dating back more than 50 years. He delivered the baccalaureate address and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree on June 16, 1963. Dr. King was accompanied to Keuka Park by his wife, Coretta Scott King, who received an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1970.

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