October 3, 2017
One month following hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, the Office of Student Activities held the hurricane relief pancake dinner fundraiser to help those in need.
At the dinner, held in Berger Hall Friday, Sept. 29, anyone who donated to the initiative received two pancakes and a T-shirt. All proceeds went toward the Red Cross relief efforts.
Headed by senior communication major Audrianna Gilmore, the OSA was inspired by students who wanted to do something to help those affected in the two states.
“When the hurricanes hit earlier this month, I had a lot of students come through our office asking if we were doing anything for the hurricanes,” said Gilmore.
“We had a lot of students coming in asking if they could do anything, so I really thought we should do something. I researched the best way to help, and they all said the best way to help was to give money.”
The OSA runs a student initiative every month. The original plan for the month of September was to paint a mural in downtown Colorado Springs.
“I worked with my boss to get prior approval from the chancellor to do a fundraiser on campus,” Gilmore said.
Gilmore said that the plan for the October initiative was to send baskets overseas to US military members for the holiday season.
For more information on how students can help those in need following the hurricanes, visit redcross.org.