Student organizations raise over $1,500 for charity on Valentine’s Day

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Senior Tameron Baker stands outside the charity date auction on February 14 at the Erickson Kiva on Michigan State’s campus. Photo Credit: Gabrielle Johnson

Money doesn’t guarantee love, but for these MSU students it guaranteed a date.

In collaboration with multiple student organizations on campus, The Gentleman’s Club hosted a charity date auction on Valentine’s Day which raised $1,565. All proceeds from the event were donated to the American Heart Association and Send a Kid to Prom, a foundation that funds prom expenses for high school students.

“I thought the turnout was great,” said senior Tameron Baker, the creator of the organization. “I think for the first auction it went great, we raised more money than I thought we would get.”

Students were able to purchase fake money, which was then used to bid for a chance to win a date with other students. Ten men and 10 women participated in the auction.

The highest bidder was senior and member of The Zeta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Socrates Montero. Montero bid 1 billion dollars in fake money, which encouraged other students in the crowd to participate.

MSU students wait for their chance to bid at the charity date auction on February 14 at the Erickson Kiva on Michigan State’s campus. Photo Credit: Gabrielle Johnson

“I feel like this brings out people from all different races, and it’s also for charity,” said senior Ryan Parker, a member of The Delta Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. “Money has no race, so it brings all different people from all different corners of campus.”

The Gentleman’s Club is minority-based organization which focuses on putting minorities in a greater light. The group hosts events that are educational and teaches men about dressing professionally, enhancing their professional career and and giving back to the community. It was important for the group to include other organizations on campus.

“We wanted to show that the Black community is inclusive,” Baker said.

Partnering organizations were The Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Men of E.L.I.T.E., Rising Black Men, WQLU and The Delta Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Some members of the organizations participated in the auction.

Senior Tyriq Thompson smiles after the charity date auction on February 14 at the Erickson Kiva on Michigan State’s campus. Photo Credit: Gabrielle Johnson

“I volunteered to be apart of this event because it was for charity and for a good cause,” said senior Tyriq Thompson, a member of The Delta Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. “The registered student organizations purpose is to impact the community and not just the MSU community but the greater Lansing community and even further than that.”

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