Charity Week kicks off

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Freshmen Maria Rossini and Theresa Vall stand prisoner in this year's Charity Week jail. Photo by Anthony Garnier.

On Monday, Oct. 3, students, faculty and staff alike woke to the sight of a wooden house, complete with a chimney and a door reading “I’ll get you, my pretty!” sitting on the Mall alongside a yellow brick road.

Charity Week 2016: Lions, and Tigers, and Charity, Oh My! has arrived.

Co-chairs Allyson Grubbs, Mary Hinze and Lili Serna chose the three charities to which this year’s funds will go.

Project Ultrasound, the first of the charities, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to using ultrasounds to prevent abortions and raising awareness about the effectiveness of this method.

Chromosome 18: Registry and Research Society is likewise oriented toward the respect of all human life, specializing in research on all chromosome 18 abnormalities, such as Trisomy 18.

Lastly, Heifer International works to bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas of extreme poverty.

But where will this money come from? A jam-packed schedule of events promises to encourage donations.

Favorites such as the jail, open every day from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday’s Karaoke TGIT and Male Auction on Friday evening are back, eliciting excitement among students.

Freshman Maria Rossini is especially excited for Male Auction.

The Male Auction, in which male students of all classes perform and subsequently auction goods and services related to their act, such as dancing lessons or outings, is one of the most anticipated and successful nights of Charity Week.

“I think it’s a splendid idea,” Rossini said.

Rossini is also a member of Charity Week’s Powderpuff football team.

Katie Kaardal, also a freshman, is enjoying her Charity Week as well.

“I like the idea, even though I lost KAOS within the first 30 seconds of playing — literally,” Kardal said. “But it seems like a really fun and efficient way to raise money for charity and create unity within the student body.”

Students are also taking the opportunity for more direct charity this week. The Rotaract Club, which acts in conjunction with Rotary International, kicked off Charity Week on Oct. 1 with a visit to Hope Supply Co. in Dallas, an organization which focuses on meeting the needs of homeless children in North Texas.

Later this week, the club will volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital to make arts and crafts with hospitalized children.

“Wizard of Oz”-themed events throughout the week include “Got a Heart?” Crush Cans, “If I Only Had a Brain” Quiz Bowl and a Reel Theology presentation of the 1939 film.

A full schedule of events can be found on Charity Week’s Facebook page or on the University of Dallas website.

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