In June, business leaders and members of the community enjoyed a sunny day at the Bedford Hills Golf Club as they took part in Lourdes' annual Hit the Links event.
This year's golf outing was an overwhelming success, raising $36,000 for Lourdes student scholarships. Since its inception in 2001, Hit the Links has raised over $186,000 for student scholarships.
First established in 2006, the "Cotton. From Blue to Green" campaign collects donations of old denim jeans and other clothing items. The donated denim is then converted to UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, an environmentally safe, non-itch insulation made from 85% recycled cotton fibers and free from carcinogenic warnings, formaldehyde and chemical irritants.
As part of its ongoing commitment to being green, Lourdes partnered with Eco Erek in the "Cotton. From Blue to Green" denim drive, collecting 157 pieces of fabric to donate.
To date, "Cotton. From Blue to Green" has received a total of 270,617 pieces of denim and provided enough UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation for 540 houses in areas of the country affected by natural disasters. The campaign efforts have kept more than 200 tons of denim from being sent to landfills.
Since launching its inaugural athletic season in August, Lourdes has been working with ProMedica Sports Care to provide sports medicine services for the College. The two-year partnership with ProMedica enables Lourdes to offer performance training, program development and pre-season athlete physicals as well as additional sports medicine services to its athletes.
"Working with the knowledgeable and experienced staff at ProMedica has been wonderful," shares Roseanne Gill-Jacobson, Vice President for Student Life. "The health and wellbeing of our student athletes is of the utmost importance to the College and we know that ProMedica will continue to take excellent care of their needs."
ProMedica Sports Care physicians and certified athletic trainers provide sports medicine services to 31 high schools and colleges throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, as well as the East Coast Hockey League-affiliated Toledo Walleye and Triple-A baseball team Toledo Mud Hens.
The Paul R. Koester Greenhouse recently partnered with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area to grow more than 4,000 Scaly Blazing Star plants. The Blazing Star, or scientifically known as Liatris squarrosa, is a native North American perennial and is a threatened species in the Oak Openings region.
Once the Scaly Blazing Stars were ready, they were transported to the Blue Creek Conservation Area, where they will be used as a seed source to grow more plants for area prairie and savanna restoration.
"A special thank you goes out to friend Abby Camp who helped transport the plants," shares Robin Parker, Greenhouse Manager. "We are thrilled at the results of the project – over 40 volunteer hours went into making it a success."
Lourdes Duns Scotus Library recently received an incredible gift of more than 25,000 books, donated by Rev. James Holmer. The books are available to all students, alumni, faculty and staff of the College. Remaining books will be donated to local schools.