Amongst the many campus fundraising events, discussions and even poetry readings for the recent hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region, talented students will try to help victims of the disaster this Sunday in Campbell Hall.
The student group, Helping Everyone Live Peacefully (HELP), is hosting a fundraising talent show at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Campbell Hall, the proceeds of which will go toward hurricane relief efforts. Presale tickets are available at the Associated Students Ticket Window and cost $5 for students and $10 for the general public, but will cost an additional $2 if bought at the door.
Daniella Elghanayan, a second-year communications major and HELP co-founder, said the talent show could raise between $5,000 and $6,000 for hurricane victims, should the event sell out.
All acts for the talent show have been booked, Elghanayan said. The show includes the Skyline Dance Team, bands Rebelution and Waking Moment, the UCSB Dance Company, a ballroom dancing feature, the Improvability comedy troupe, a violin player and a dance performance by dramatic arts professor Ottilianna Rolandson.
Elghanayan said the talent show also includes a raffle for prizes and gift certificates from Isla Vista businesses such as Hempwise, I.V. Drip, Sam’s To Go and Silvergreens. She said select classes such as Dramatic Arts 5 – taught by Rolandson – will also receive credit for attending the show.
HELP is in the first quarter of its existence and has recently registered as an on-campus club, Elghanayan said. She said the club was created as a central fundraising and volunteer resource for hurricane relief efforts.
“Everyone wants to help people in need, and this is a fun and easy way to start,” Elghanayan said. “It’s a helping hand, and it’s what we want to do.”
Jodi Foeifhman, a second-year psychology major and HELP co-founder, said her group hopes to complete a project supporting relief efforts every quarter. She also said the club would like to help students initiate their own projects.
“What we hope to accomplish is to inspire people to contribute to aid,” Foeifhman said.
Along with the talent show, the Student Commission on Racial Equality held an open mic event last night, during which some attendees vented frustration over the mismanagement of hurricane relief efforts. Student speakers read poetry questioning why minorities were not given the same treatment as whites during relief efforts to New Orleans.
Last night’s event and the talent show follow other student-led fundraisers and discussions such as the Sigma Nu Relays fundraiser, and the “I Saw Hurricane Katrina” and the “Race and Response to Hurricane Katrina” discussions.