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UNICEF and Poetry and a Beverage team up to raise money

February 27th, 2015 Posted in Opinion

Utah State University’s monthly open-mic night will be the setting for a UNICEF fundraiser on Saturday.

This will be the first time Poetry and a Beverage, also known as PoBev, will team up with UNICEF at USU to raise money for impoverished children. The event will be held in the Taggart Student Center International Lounge from 9 to 11 p.m.

Grant Holyoak, the vice president of UNICEF at USU, said combining UNICEF with PoBev would be a good way for students to learn more about the organization.

“The MCs are going to be talking about UNICEF throughout the night,” Holyoak said. “We’ve provided them with a series of UNICEF facts and they’re going to tell people about it.”

The club will have a table with collection jars labeled with the performers’ names. Attendees can make a donation by putting change into their favorite performer’s jar. The performer who raises the most and the student who donates the most will each win a T-shirt.

All the money collected will go directly to the UNICEF fund.

Sarah Winder, the arts and lectures director for the Student Traditions Activities and Arts Board, said the UNICEF committee reached out to her several months ago, which made her more willing to involve the club in the event.

“I am more than happy to let campus clubs have tables at the event, but because UNICEF went the extra mile to contact me and work in advance, I have done more for them than the other groups,” Winder said. “I included them in our advertising and am giving them more interaction in the event itself.”

Holyoak said if this is a successful event, UNICEF at USU will “definitely do it again.”

Madi Smith, Jaesea Gatherum, Britnee Nuehring, Bethany Heywood, Camille Strong and Zach Sahely contributed to this report.


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