UWRF Class Raised $ 40,000, 10 Years of Organizing Charities | news



Not all college skills come from sitting in a classroom.

Since 2011, students in the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Sales Promotion and Event Planning and Nonprofit Marketing Communications courses have hosted an event on behalf of a charity. Since that time, students have raised over $ 40,000 in cash and goods donations for local River Falls charities, including the Assistance & Resource Center (ARC), Our Neighbors’ Place, and the River Falls Food Pantry.

Fall 2021 students, promotion and event planning class, are preparing for this year’s Gift & Thrift event, held at the University of Wisconsin River Falls University Center in the Falcon’s Nest on Wednesday, December 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin River Falls University Center.

This year’s event will feature a silent auction of handmade gifts and used clothing on behalf of the local River Falls charity Turningpoint For Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. You can find more information about the event on the Facebook event page facebook.com/giftandthriftuwrf.

For the past 10 years, students have supported national charities, including the Salvation Army and Wounded Warriors, and have partnered with Random Acts to bring Christmas gifts to victims of the 2017 Puerto Rico hurricanes.

“The first class-sponsored event raised socks and funds for victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami,” said instructor Dave Bonko. “We hosted an evening of student music, including a fabulous Weezer cover band, at a local restaurant. I think I spent over $ 300 shipping about 75 pounds of socks and slippers to Japan in three large boxes of $ 1,000. “Bonko believes students benefit from combining experience with traditional study methods.

“Today’s students like to learn by rolling up their sleeves and ‘doing’ rather than reading a case study or viewing PowerPoint presentations. The course is more geared towards preparing students for real-life situations that they may encounter in the workplace. Students need to communicate with business professionals to work, work in teams and, most importantly, experience new adventures while making connections. Sometimes they may feel a little uncomfortable and insecure, but these are certainly emotions that are felt when planning an event. “

Cassandra Chmielewski, a recent graduate of UWRF Marketing Communications and now Assistant to the Alumni Memorial Union at Marquette University, agreed with Bonko’s views.

“I enjoyed the sales promotion and event planning course. I can’t tell how many times I referred to this class as an example in my interview, ”she said. “I hope that the students can see how useful and effective the lessons really are.”

Greta Simmons, current UWRF Marketing Communications Major, works in the areas of sales promotion and event planning.

“I enjoy Bonko’s classes because it gives students the opportunity to schedule a live event and get hands-on experience in the real world,” said Simmons.



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