Public relations students hosted a big bash for Big Brothers on Feb. 9 at the Circus of the Night fundraiser.
Through ticket sales, donations and a silent auction, the second-year students raised $6,900, exceeding their goal of $6,000.
The idea behind the event was to create an atmosphere where adults could feel like kids again, said student Alicia Bernbaum.
Adding to the circus-vibe was the illusionist Yeeri, two belly dancers and tango dancers and candy apples, popcorn and “circus-tinis” were served.
One of the evening’s highlights was a speech by big brother Steve Lee, who spoke about the positive effect being a big brother has on his life.
Every year, second year PR students host a charity fundraiser as part of their event management course.
Amelia Kennedy is the course instructor and has been a Big Sister for 11 years. She knows how difficult it can be for 24 people to organize an event, and said they did “really well.”
“It’s really great to see all their hard work come together, and pull off a really great event, and raise a lot of money for Big Brothers,” said Kennedy.
Once upon a time, on Feb. 17, a group of Kwantlen Polytechnic University PR students will put on an event to raise money for the Cinderella Project.
The Cinderella Project, a volunteer-based charity, donates its funds to underprivileged students throughout the Lower Mainland so that they can celebrate their graduation in a new outfit.
The charity also hands out bursaries, which is what PR student Daniela Vanderliek said her class is raising funds for.
The event, titled Once Upon a Wine, will be held at the False Creek Yacht Club from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 17, and will include live music, a silent auction, and appetizers.
Information on ticket sales will be announced shortly on Kwantlen.ca.
Public Relations student at Kwanlten’s Rochmond campus held bake sales Tuesday and WednesdayÂ to raise money for the Cinderella Project.
As part of their Events Planning course with instructor Amelia Kennedy-Maki, students have formed small groups to brainstorm ways to raise funds for sponsorships and a gala event.
The Cinderella Project will supports kids who have risen above the challenges they faced during high school and persevered to succeed academically.
Students who will be honoured at the event have experienced a number of challenge. including poverty, health problems and family issues.
“It’s a way to recognize their hard work,” said Jenn Currie, a second-year PR student. Currie said that details are still up in the air, but is hoped to be a “jazz and wine event” in February at the False Creek Yacht Club.
PR students faced some competition Tuesday with another bake sale (for a separate cause; see photo and caption) also going on.
“We had a bad spot in the cafeteria and there was another bake sale going on,” said Bryn Silver. Silver said one of their previous bake sales had gone very well and hoped to find similar support for Wednesday’s sale.