Students raise money for food bank and crown ‘King and Queen of Towers’

Oct. 7, 2009

Luther students who live in the college’s Miller and Dieseth residence halls conducted a fun Homecoming Week community service project Sept. 23-30, electing a King and Queen of Towers and raising $819.43 for the Decorah Lutheran Church Food Bank.

Drew Wojciehowski and Jamie Kardoes were crowned King and Queen of Towers after collecting the most food bank donations in their campaign buckets during a “coronation campaign” in the multi-story Miller and Dieseth halls, which are commonly known as the “Towers” on the Luther campus. 

Wojciehowski, a music education major from Port Washington, Wis., and Kardoes, a health and psychology major from Titonka, Iowa, are both sophomores at Luther.

Wojciehowski, the son of Ward and Tami Wojciehowski of Port Washington, is a 2008 graduate of Port Washington High School.

Kardoes, the daughter of Tony and Shelly Kardoes of Titonka, is a 2008 graduate of Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka High School.

The King and Queen of Towers Contest was conceived and developed by Dieseth and Miller halls resident assistants with the cooperation of Seth Miner, Miller and Dieseth area coordinator, and Amanda Nechuta, Dieseth Hall director. 

“This was a great opportunity for the students to give back to a very supportive community,” Miner of the students’ decision to conduct a Homecoming Week contest that would benefit the Decorah community. “There was an awesome response to this fund-raising event, and it is a great testament to the caring nature of our student body.” 

Each king and queen candidate was given a bucket to decorate and use to collect donations with during the contest. On Sept. 23, candidates went door-to-door seeking votes, in the form of loose change donations, from the residents of Miller and Dieseth.

Candidates’ buckets were displayed on a table in the residence halls’ service centers so towers residents could “cast votes”—make donations—until Sept. 30 when the “votes” were tallied. The votes added up to $819.43 in funds for Decorah Lutheran Church Food Bank.

Top vote-getters Wojciehowski and Kardoes were named Towers King and Queen on Oct. 1 and rode on the Towers float in the Luther Homecoming Parade Saturday, Oct. 3.