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St. Edward’s Variety Show as a Harvey relief effort

Talented members of the St. Edward’s University community gathered together gathered together is redundant to participate in the Harvey relief Variety Show organized by the Wicked problems LLC.

The Variety Show took place on Monday, October 2nd on Oct. 2 (AP Style for dates: Look it up in your Stylebook) at Jones Auditorium, and those who attended were able to view a variety of performances ranging from poetry reading to dance routines. Over 100 students checked in to the event, according to Jen Dennington, the general manager of the event.

Put quotes in their own paragraphs “That doesn’t include any parents, friends, staff, or faculty that go here” she explains explained, and she estimates that over 200 people attended the Variety Show. Write news in the past tense.

Upon entering the auditorium guests were greeted with helpful staff who guided them to free snacks and the donation table. One staff member, Emma McGee, shared said that her home town was personally affected by Hurricane Harvey, which prompted her participation in the event.

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Once everyone was seated and settled in the auditorium, the show began with an introduction of the charities and a moment of silence for those affected by not only Harvey, but the Las Vegas shooting. The main organizer, Steven Fletcher, who is? title? spoke about the importance of supporting the victims and the appreciation he had for the audience helping contribute.

The variety show raised over 2,000 dollars Look up AP Style for prices/money, reaching the goal of the LLC, said Dennington. When asked what her favorite part of the night was,she shares that it was when the song Hallelujah was performed. “Everyone was singing and harmonizing and I was up in the light booth tearing up. It really showed this whole night how much of a community we are and how we can come together in really tough times.” Again, write a transition. Then your next paragraph is the quote that follows from that transition.

 

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St. Edward’s Variety Show as a Harvey relief effort

The Harvey relief variety show brought together talented members of the St. Edward’s community to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. There were four charities represented that were optional to donate to, and an evening full of student and faculty performances.

The Variety Show took place on Oct. 2 at Jones Auditorium, and was put together by the Wicked Problems LLC. A goal of the of the LLC is to encourage students to think critically about “wicked problems”, one problem being the devastation left behind after Hurricane Harvey. One attempt at tackling this problem was putting together a variety show to gather donations for Harvey relief.

The head of the Wicked Problems LLC, Steven Fletcher, said that the event was mostly coordinated  by the students of the LLC. Why would a professor allow freshmen to put together such an important event?

“This provided students in the LLC with leadership opportunities early on to provide an avenue for concern and support for families that has Harvey victims,” said Fletcher.

Those who attended were able to view a variety of performances ranging from poetry reading to experimental films to dance routines. Due to advertisement and word of mouth, the auditorium was packed. Guests were encouraged to check in to the event through the topper pride app to keep track of the amount of attendees. Over 100 students checked in to the event, according to Jen Dennington, the general manager of the event.

“That doesn’t include any parents, friends, staff, or faculty that go here” she explained, and she estimated that over 200 people attended the Variety Show.

Upon entering the auditorium guests were greeted with staff who guided them to free snacks and the donation table. The staff largely consisted of members of the Wicked Problems LLC, many of whom were personally affected by Harvey. One staff member, Emma McGee, said that her home town was affected by Hurricane Harvey, which prompted her participation in the event.

“I really wanted to show my support by not only helping out with setting up for the show but also participating in it,” said McGee.

McGee guided guests to the donation table, which held containers in which they could donate to four different organizations that were geared towards Harvey relief. She said that Fletcher decided the charities that were represented at the event.  

“I heard a concern for a lot of families in the Rockport area, specifically helping communities outside of Houston. I worked with outreach managers to consider options that we knew were reputable,” said Fletcher.

The first organization available was the Red Cross. The Red Cross provides food and shelter for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They have already approved $45 million in financial assistance to more than 100,000 qualified households who needed immediate help.

“Some people still trust the Red Cross. We have them out here so if someone wants to donate to them, they can,” said Dennington.

The three other charities represented were the Catholic Communities of Galveston Houston, the San Antonio Humane Society, and the Coastal Bend Food Bank. You could also just donate to the cause in general through a GoFundMe account, which also went to the charities.

Donating was completely optional, and guests were able to enjoy the show free of charge. Once everyone was seated and settled in the auditorium, the show began with an introduction of the charities and a moment of silence for those affected by not only Harvey, but the Las Vegas shooting. Fletcher, because he was the main coordinator of the event, spoke about the importance of supporting the victims and the appreciation he had for the audience helping contribute.

Three hours and 25 performances later, it was announced that the variety show raised over $2,000, reaching the goal of the LLC. The audience was buzzing as they left the auditorium while discussing their favorite acts. One guest, Isabel Martinez, said that her favorite act of the night was Danielle Rodriguez, who read an original Spanish poem.

“It was so beautiful and eloquent and just reflected the mood of the evening and just really hit home on why we’re all here tonight,” said Martinez. “We’re here to support those who can’t support themselves and it’s so incredible how we can come together like this.”

Another guest, Alejandra Garcia, said that her favorite part of the night was when the song Hallelujah was performed.

“Everyone was singing and harmonizing and I was tearing up. It really showed this whole night how much of a community we are and how we can come together in really tough times,” said Garcia.