Priest Hatches Unique Tuition Plan for Stonehill
May 15, 2012
by Kate Schiffman
The Rev. Albert Croce spent years turning eggs into art. Now, the 93-year-old hopes his hobby will raise money to help students pay for college.
The Rev. Croce, who was the director of development at Stonehill College during the 1970s, donated hundreds of handcrafted Easter eggs to raise money for a scholarship fund he's starting in his name, said Nicole Casper, director of archives and historical collections at the college in Easton.
"It's kind of different," Casper said. "We usually get money donations but sometimes we get other property and we use it how they want it to be used."
The Catholic priest donated the eggs this past fall but they weren't moved to Stonehill until January, she added.
About 70 of the eggs were on display at the college library earlier this year and about 52 have been sold, raising about $3,000. One sold for $125 but others were priced as low as $7.50.
The Rev. Mark Cregan, president of Stonehill, assured the retired priest that the college would try to sell the eggs to fund the scholarship, said Sharon Doyle, gift planning officer at the school.
The Rev. Croce has been decorating eggs as a hobby for the past 40 years.
"They're unique," Doyle said. "His detail makes it clear he's an engineer. I'm a crafter and I could never do that. They're beautiful."
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