A couple of weeks ago my sorority and I put on an event called Heel Violence! It's a new event we brought to RIT to raise money for Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims (ASADV). ASADV lost all of their federal funding and really needed money. My sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha decided to do this event to raise money for ASADV so they could keep offering their services to those that needed it even though they lost their funding. It was a walk around part of the RIT campus where men were encouraged (but not required!) to wear heels! Despite being a raining day, a couple hundred people showed up and a good amount of men actually wore heels! It was such a success and ended up raising $6,780 dollars for ASADV!
As co-philanthropy chair in Alpha Sigma Alpha, it was a challange planning a big event like this that's never been done before at the school so we had no precedent to go off of. From ordering t-shirts to coordinating the walking route with Public Saftey, it took a lot of organization and planning. However, this event definately taught me some great time management skills and also was a great networking opportunity with different organizations on campus I would have enver otherwise had much interaction with! I was so nervous the whole day of the event because we had over 400 people registered and was afraid my co-chair or I had forgotten to plan or organize something. However, the day went without a hitch (minus the rain) and was a success! Definately relieving at the end of the day and such a feeling of success seeing the final amount we raised for ASADV!
Check us out next year in the spring for the next Heel Violence walk!
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