The rainy, blustery conditions in Whiting on Saturday morning did not deter students and faculty of Calumet College of Saint Joseph, who came out to the campus to help raise funds for Hurricane Relief.
Those entering the fundraiser had the option of giving to one of three organizations aiding with Hurricane Relief from this season’s devastating storms. Attendees could put their purchased ticket in a box for either One America Appeal, the ASPCA, or Heart to Heart International.
The day kicked off with a bake sale that included a variety of delectable choices including cupcakes and brownies made by the students themselves. This was followed by a variety show, a soup and chili cook-off, and a trivia contest. Also for sale were donated knitted items outside of the theater room. The bake sale booth was run by student, Fatima Arias, who handed out baked goods with good cheer and was enthusiastic about being a part of this worthwhile cause.
“I saw a flier for this and I like working with nonprofits and for those in need, so, when I got the details, I was sold,” said Arias. “I like how the College is giving awareness to this great cause and helping people in need.”
Students and faculty purchased a variety of sweet treats and knitted items before taking their seats for the variety show the CCSJ students were putting on as part of the benefit. The performers were in good spirits as they tested equipment, dealt with last minute changes, and prepared to entertain the guests who braved the rain to support their cause.
CCSJ President, Dr. Amy McCormack, was one of those in attendance and was eager to show her support for the students. McCormack was recently inaugurated as the first female head of Calumet College in the school’s 66-year history.
“This was all the students that pulled this off. The students, through the Give Program, organize and identify causes to support, and it’s just a great opportunity for charity and volunteerism,” said McCormack. “That’s what I love about this College and these students. I enjoy being here and supporting them, that’s what I’m here to do: support. I’m just proud of them. A little fun, food, and fundraising for a good cause.”
The variety show included a diverse array of entertainment including: singing, a mock table reading, stories, guitar and electric viola performances, and even a sign language rendition of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. The performances were met with enthusiasm by the members of the audience who were pleased to see all of the hard work students had put into this effort.
“I like being a part of this because our school prides itself in being involved and getting students involved in good causes, and this is them putting that into action and making a difference,” said Samantha Smith, one of those students involved in putting on the variety show.
Undoubtedly, Calumet College of Saint Joseph showed their commitment to supporting worthy causes and engendering that spirit in their students who held a successful and entertaining fundraiser.
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