Our students: SNAP Gala
By Melissa Rodriguez
Over $2,500 was raised by the Student Nurses Association at Parkside's (SNAP) annual benefit gala earlier in spring semester. The celebration and benefit was held at the Roma Lodge in Racine where the organization raised funds for Kathy's House, a care facility located in Milwaukee specializing in treatment for extended illnesses.
The Gala was filled with delicious food, great company, and fabulous prizes for attendees. This event was a great collaborative effort from all the SNAP members that provided cocktails, dinner, and many silent auction items including autographed items by the Green Bay Packers. Gary Homeier, coordinator of the event and future SNAP president, said there were over 80 people in attendance this year which was a slight increase from last year.
"It was wonderful to see and work with an organization that was started locally in memory of someone who has passed, and to give encouragement to those who are giving so much of their time to make this happen," Homeier said of the charity chosen for the benefit.
When asked how SNAP choose the group to benefit, Homeier explained the organization looks into the community to find groups that are doing something remarkable and are truly in need which is put to an open discussion and vote by members.
SNAP is already planning for their next event as Homeier explained, "our goals as they are every year are to create a benefit that is bigger than the year before and beneficial to someone in our community."This particular benefit was the first fundraiser for Kathy's House and in turn helped the organization try out their new presentations and videos. SNAP hopes this event will help them find further funding.