Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Students to Party for Make a Wish

BURLINGTON, VT - Four local college students; Kayla Couturier ‘13, a Champlain College Hospitality and Tourism/Events Management major, Sarah Becque, a senior at UVM majoring in

Public Communications; Adrianna Bilancieri, a junior at St. Michaels College majoring in business, and Darko Jeftic, a senior at UVM majoring in Business have joined together to create a multi-campus fundraising event. They have volunteered their time and skills over several months to develop a Halloween costume dance at Higher Ground to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont (MAWVTt. Their goal is to sell out the space in order to fund the wish of a Vermont child.

The event titled One Wicked Night will be held at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $20, or two for $25 and all proceeds benefit the MAWVT. This is an 18+ event.

Three of the four students (Couturier, Becque & Bilancieri) interned with Make A Wish over the last year. Notably, each continued their involvement with Make a Wish after their internships were completed, in order to create a fundraising event that would appeal to their fellow students and aim for a goal of raising funds to adopt a wish. They worked on this event in addition to their busy academic, athletic and work schedules.

With support from the MAWVT office, the students took on this ‘out of classroom’ project as a real world test of their ideas, putting classroom learning to practice. None of these students will receive school credit for their efforts. “We hope this event will inspire other students to be as generous and community-minded.” Couturier stated.

John Thomas of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont noted that the students have put together this event on virtually no budget. Music will be provided by UVM Senior and WRUV DJ, Darko Jeftic and guest. Switchback Brewery signed on to cover the cost of the venue. The students secured donated prizes and have been sponsored by Small Dog Electronics. They have marketed their event largely through word of mouth, social media and flyers. “It would be great if they could sell out the show and raise enough funds to adopt a wish,” said Thomas, “This means a lot to them.”

Andrea Asacker ’13, a Champlain student eager for the event, declared, “I cannot wait to get together with friends and peers from other local schools off-campus and have fun, all while helping a great cause.”

Tickets can be purchased on Champlain, UVM, and St. Michael’s campuses from MAWVT representatives or at Higher Ground box office. Group discounts available by contacting Kayla Couturier at
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Reported by Kayla Hedman ‘14/ Champlain News

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