Article written by: Jennifer Ellison
School section: University of Louisville
Name of Event: SWEet Fundraising Lunches
Event Dates: 1/4/08 (Fourth of July), 10/29/08 (Halloween), and 11/20/08 (Thanksgiving)
The U of L SWE section hosts a SWEet Lunch event every semester. The goal of this event is to raise money for upcoming trips to conferences or other events going on in our section. We have held these lunches since 2006. This past fall, we had two lunches – around Halloween and Thanksgiving. During the spring we have a lunch around Valentine’s Day and during the summer (since U of L engineering students have to take classes during the summer) we have a lunch around the 4th of July.
These lunches gross anywhere from $200 to $400 per lunch; we charge $5 per plate of food. We also sell our T-shirts at the lunches. Anywhere from 30 to 50 people show up, this includes SWE members, students, staff and faculty. All the food is provided by the members. We put a lot of planning in to these events to ensure that not everyone brings the same dish and to make sure that we have ample decorations. The decorations are always themed for the holiday and we try to make sure that we have balloons.
We hold these lunches in a big conference room on the engineering campus, this room also has access to a kitchen so we are able to heat up food and make drinks. We also try to have items from past conferences to raffle off; this really encourages people to come. We also ask all the members to invite there professors and fellow students. Since this event became in 2006, we have developed a reputation on the engineering campus as great chefs, whether this is a good reputation or not is up for debate, but we are always happy at the earnings of this event. Additionally, at this past SWEet Thanksgiving lunch we asked for additional donations to help us support an Angel from the Salvation Army’s Angel Program. This program allows people or groups to support a family or child and purchase clothing and toys for them during the holiday season. We are proud to say that we raised enough money to support 2 children, a little boy and girl.