With the conclusion of the semester comes the usual worries and routines such as final projects, tests and the stress of packing or moving out. But for the members of the St. Kate’s Activities Team, the holiday season means only one thing: the Charity Ball.
The Charity Ball is an end-of-semester event that the St. Kate’s Activities Team (SKAT) puts on as a celebration of the semester’s end, as well as a chance to donate to a charitable cause. At this year’s event, there was live music, a photo booth and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to a local charity called Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women.
Sarah’s is a transitional home for women that is serviced by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The mission of Sarah’s is to empower women who have come from oppressive backgrounds where they might have survived significant trauma such as violence, abuse, torture, war and discrimination. While at Sarah’s, they are given the tools they need in order to transition into healthy lives within a safe and supportive environment. This includes an education in job searches as well as paying for any higher education the women need. The women are also asked to help around the home with chores such as cooking and cleaning as part of their transition.
The live music at this year’s Charity Ball was provided by the band Salsabrosa, a local band that specializes in Afro-Cuban style music and brought life to the party. They helped the Charity Ball participants get into the groove and salsa the night away. Salsa instructors were on hand for the duration of the event to showcase their talent and help dancers learn the art of salsa dancing. It was a festive event that culminated with a successful silent auction and over one thousand dollars raised for Sarah’s by the event’s conclusion.
Planning for the Charity Ball took up the greater half of the fall semester and required the attention of every SKAT team member. In fact, all of the SKAT team members were on hand for the event, staffing the auction tables and even tearing up the dance floor at one point. They also created the festive centerpieces for the tables for the event.
“There were two different flyers, tabling, Facebook, daily update and display case and of course word of mouth,” said Karen Herrera, ’16. “We were asked by the coordinator Brandi [Windsor] to help out [with] making and finishing center pieces that were made with hot glue, ornaments and Styrofoam cones. We put in time, love and effort so that Sarah’s event would be a success.”
“I helped make the banner for Charity Ball and helped with little things before and [during] the event,” Veronika Paprocka, ’17, said. “I helped Brandi brainstorm candles, corsages, and other details along the way.”
The SKAT team will return next semester with more fun events, culminating in the ever-popular Dew Drop Bop end-of-semester carnival event. For more information on the work of Sarah’s… An Oasis for Women, including upcoming events, job openings and further chances to donate, visit their website at http://www.sarahsoasis.org/ today.