Dine for a Cause fundraiser exceeds goals

Brock’s Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA) held its annual Boston Pizza Dine for a Cause fundraiser on November 7 with record attendance.

The CESA President is fourth year Concurrent Education student Tayler Villamere. According to Villamere, this year’s event surpassed past efforts significantly.

The event sold out early during ticket sales and raised over $500 for future CESA programming.

CESA hosted this fundraiser in collaboration with Boston Pizza on Glendale Avenue. Attendees purchased a $20 ticket, providing them with a starter salad, soda beverage and a pizza or pasta dish at the event. Half of the ticket revenue went towards the cost of the event with the other half returning to CESA.

This is not the first fundraiser of its kind at Brock. The Dine for a Cause event has been hosted with CESA for years, and the same Boston Pizza location has also run similar fundraisers for other campus organizations, including the Business Students’ Association in 2017 and the Brock University Linguistic Network in 2013, with money going towards causes such as heart and stroke research and Operation Smile.

As well as the support of Boston Pizza, Villamere cites the support of attendees as a crucial factor in the unprecedented attendance.

“The amazing Brock community made this event a tremendous success. We were so grateful for the support and attendance of Brock staff and students from numerous faculties,” said Villamere.

Villamere also cited the work of CESA fundraising coordinators Jaskeerat Mathru and Kalby Vaughan as well as first-year representative Brendon Cabral as integral to the event’s success.

The proceeds from the event will be used for CESA’s Holiday Extravaganza, an annual event partnering Brock volunteers with local elementary school children in need. The event, to be held Dec. 5 at Prince of Wales School in Thorold, consists of holiday-themed crafts and games throughout a full day. The dress code is pyjamas or other comfortable and festive clothing. Additionally, volunteers purchase a personalized gift for the student they are partnered with for the event to be delivered as if from Santa Claus.

The association is recruiting volunteers for this event, as well as for its weekly Homework Help program, through which volunteers provide free tutoring for local elementary school children each Wednesday evening. These as well as other events planned for the year are intended to further a mission of community engagement for the club.

In addition to volunteering opportunities, CESA also aims to provide students with chances to further their professional and educational development.

“CESA is an amazing team of like-minded future teachers,” said Villamere. “We work diligently to connect [Concurrent Education] students with one another, the community, and various professionals working in the field of education.”

The association provides information on their Instagram account about four executive members, an external relations team of 22, a 16 member internal relations team, five members devoted to finance and administration and nine first-year representatives. These students work to represent and support the over 1,000 concurrent education students at Brock.

Villamere encourages students to volunteer with CESA, recommending they follow its Twitter account @BrockConEd or email Villamere herself at president@brockconed.com for further information about future opportunities with the association. Students looking to sign up for the Holiday Extravaganza can email events@brockconed.com.

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