Beta Tau Delta sponsors youth visits to bell tower

Beta Tau Delta is celebrating its 100th anniversary in a big way, paying for the elevator to the top of the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower for all persons 18 and younger for the coming year. The group presented a check Monday to the Bell Tower Community Foundation to cover that cost.

Local children have always been the beneficiaries of Beta Tau Delta’s fundraising efforts, and  according to Beta Tau Delta president Darla Johnson, the group decided to increase donations rather than spend money to celebrate themselves.

Pat Richards, volunteer supervisor of the bell tower, said she hosted 50 preschoolers at the tower last week, with their visit made possible by the Betas’ donation. “They probably would never have the chance to be in such a unique structure. Free admission for children is quite a positive thing for grandparents, parents, and teachers,” she said.

Beta Tau Delta is paying admission for anyone 18 and younger to ride the elevator to the top of the bell tower. Pictured are members (seated, from left) Marilyn Copeland, Deb Wills, Pat Rusnak, Mary Jo Springer, Sue Lucht, Sandra Drewry and Dianne Jackson; and (standing, from left) Cassie Dozier, Jan McDermott, president Darla Johnson, Carole Custer, Anita Van Horn, Bell Tower Community Foundation members Peg Raney and Craig Berry accepting the check, and Joan Lang, Carol Ahrenholtz, Megan Ball and Teresa Wright.



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