Linda Smith, Staff Writer
The Reserve Officers Training Corps Club and Contra Club will be co-sponsoring a Military Ball on Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. in Braniff Foyer.
Junior Rachel Swihart said that the Military Ball was an event in the works last semester but was unable to come to fruition until now.
“The broader impetus for a Military Ball was as a way to get the ROTC club more involved in campus life, give the cadets practice with very formal events … and help out an organization that helps others who’ve already given so much,” said Swihart.
Tickets will be on sale through Feb. 12 in Haggar Foyer. Tickets for singles are $8, and tickets for couples are $12. Proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that aims “to honor and empower Wounded Warriors” and “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history,” according to group’s website.
“They are a cause devoted to helping soldiers who have sustained injuries get back into normal life,” Swihart said. “Whether that’s physical or mental therapy, employment or education, the goal is to help then adjust back into a happy life. The Wounded Warrior Project seemed a natural choice [for the beneficiary of the proceeds], since it is an organization devoted to helping veterans, and this [is] a military ball.”
Swihart said that “a surprising amount of bureaucracy” was needed to pull off the event.
“It was … necessary to work with Contra Club, SPUD, the Business Office, the SALC, the UD newspaper, the school administration and Facilities,” she said.
Junior Aaron French, president of Contra Club; senior Captain Nick Hedlesky, ROTC club president and cadet; and junior Clarisse Finders, ROTC assistant civilian coordinator, have been instrumental in the initiative.
“Actually bringing this event off the drawing board required several meetings to get everyone set up with their assignments and make sure everything went according to plan; the cooperation of the boards of both clubs; and a lot of hard work and willingness to get the job done from everyone involved,” Swihart said.
Swihart said that a goal of $1,000 has been set for the dance, and she wanted to remind students that “every little bit helps.”
“For starters, this event is directed towards helping others, through the mechanism of having a fun time ourselves,” Swihart said. “And this ball promises to be a lot of fun for all attendees — a night of fun, dancing and friends.”