Many Penn State students made their way to Delta Upsilon’s Fraternity house with wallets in hand Thursday night for free food, entertainment, giveaways and cute boys. Her Campus and Sisters on the Runway teamed up to benefit Centre County Women’s Resource Center and the Global Service Initiative by raising money with a Bachelor themed boy auction.
“Basically I’m going to walk out there, strut my stuff and then hopefully raise some money for a great cause,” says Dan Schuster, a DU brother and one of many being auctioned.
DU was decorated with balloons, roses, candles and christmas lights with seats full of eager girls and boys ready to bid. The SOTR and Her Campus members were dressed in black and red dresses, giving the event a real bachelor-esque vibe. Prizes such as Vera Bradley blankets, ID cases, notebooks and many more were laid out on the table ready to be raffled off.
Sisters on the Runway,a student-run organization committed to the prevention and awareness of domestic violence, and Her Campus, an online publication written by college journalists, hosted the event. The Centre County Women’s Resource Center, one of the beneficiaries of the event, provides emergency shelter, transitional and supported housing and youth prevention education to the State College community. The Global Service Initiative, the other organization that benefitted from the boy auction, offers members a unique opportunity to engage in direct service in developing nations and in the US.
“Events like this raise awareness about not only the services that are available to people who might experience [domestic violence], but about the misconceptions surrounding it,” says Dawn McKee, Special Projects Coordinator for CCWRC. “Last year, Women’s Resource Center provided service to over 1,150 victims of domestic violence.”
Since its foundation, Sisters on the Runway has spread its message to high schools and college campuses and has raised more than $50,000 to aid the fight against domestic violence.
SOTR fundraising does not end here. On March 30, 2016, it will host its second fashion show benefitting the CCWRC.
“I truly enjoyed collaborating with Her Campus Penn State and DU for this event. We had a remarkable turnout and everyone had a great time,” says Layla Taremi, President of Penn State’s SOTR. “I thank Penn State students for joining Sisters on the Runway in the fight against domestic violence. Don’t worry Penn State, there will be many more date auctions to come!”
With a surprise performance from Volé Dance Company and bids ranging from $5 to $60, this Bachelor themed date auction gets the rose.