Photographs by Karen Arango
The loud sound of metal tables overwhelms the silence; later on, voices take over. The squeaking sound of shoes slowly increases. Suddenly the vibrancy of music unsettles any quiet that is left.
On December 6, 2013, the last day of classes before winter break, a fundraiser called “What a Relief” was held on campus to address the needs of those affected by the natural disasters in the Philippines and Illinois. It all started when a group of service-minded students got together to discuss what could be done to send aid and hope to those effected by these recent disasters. They decided that it would be a good idea to combine talents and work as a team in order to raise some money to help these individuals. When the day arrived, there was screen-printing on T-shirts and tote bags; the designs printed were made by Ringling College students and alumni. Very talented students did henna tattooing and caricatures, and ornaments in the shape of the sun of the Philippines flag, symbolizing unity and freedom, were sold as part of the event. Last but not least, one of the students helped keep the energy going with wonderful music at the DJ station.
Students, staff and families came to enjoy of this great event, children were running, painting, and dancing. From 11am until 7:30pm the event went on and if there had been extra time, it would have continued! The total amount of $1,508.44 dollars was raised which will be donated to their corresponding locations. This fundraiser does not end here though, there is a possibility that next semester there will be a bigger event in a public space, where Ringling College students can show off their talent and more funds can be raised to help these causes.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this cause: the students, staff, volunteers, attendees and the people outside of Ringling who took their time to come and enjoy this great event!