By BEN STODDARD
How much money can you raise for United Way with live music, games and a silent auction? Business foundations students raised $662 on Oct. 21 with these initiatives.
The fundraiser took place just outside the CSI office at the Conestoga Doon campus. It featured live dance music DJ’d by business student James Morrison, the Conestoga College mascot, Cliffy the Condor, and a man in a banana costume and sunglasses dancing. Balloons and inflatable balls were bounced around by both the event’s organizers and students walking by.
Upstairs by the information desk, the business students held draws for gift certificates for Future Shop and iTunes, voice recorders, MP3 players and perfume. They also held a silent auction for a hockey jersey from Rick Nash, who played for Team Canada when they won gold at the 2010 Olympics.
Just downstairs, several games were available to play for $1. They included a flip-cup game where you had to land a plastic cup on top of a water bottle. Another game had people staying in a box and trying to keep two balloons in the air for a full minute.
The business students organized the event with Student Life programmer, Ryan Connell, co-ordinating.
“The business students did all the planning,” Connell said. “I’m very proud of the accomplishments of our business foundation students. I know an amount like this will go a long way to supporting those in our Region who use the programs and services that United Way helps to fund.”
Organizing a fundraiser event is part of one of their courses, according to Connell. “It gives them a chance to learn fundraiser management skills.” The college’s overall goal for United Way is $50,000 and as of Oct. 26 they were at 62 per cent of that goal.