A Night in Rome – Education Gala 2014

A Night in Rome - Education Gala 2014


Hey Gaiters!

Hope all is well and that you are not too bogged down by end of term projects. For me, my social life and sleep have been sacrificed over the past week or so in order to keep up with my school work and social commitments. However, I would not have it any other way and am continuing to make the most of each moment here at Bishop’s!

This past weekend, the School of Education put on its annual gala fundraiser. I was a part of the planning committee this year and was fortunate to get to work alongside a team of 5 great ladies and 1 great guy to host a “Night in Rome” for the education community here at Bishop’s. I was a part of the Decorations committee, with Kirsten and Janet, the girls with me in the picture below.


Our theme was inspired by the movie “Roman Holiday.” We chose to go with an Italian theme to fit the meal being served, which was lasagna. We had Italian music, themed table centrepieces and a silent screening of the movie. We also had a “make your own wine bottle label” craft and had extra bottles available so guests could take a finished product home with them! We had a Photo Booth with lots of fun props and a fabulous photographer, secondary education major Ryan Millar, so that guests could have a reminder of their time in Rome.


The event was a fundraiser for the Dixville Home Foundation, which works in cooperation with the Bishop’s BEST Buddies club. This club pairs Bishop’s students up with mentally and physically disabled members of the community and hosts events for the buddies to spend time together. At the event, the meal was served by the BEST Buddies, which was fun for both the guests and the buddies. The food was fantastic and I cannot thank our dynamic duo Andi and Michael enough for the delicious meal of caesar salad, lasagna and chocolate cake they prepared for all of us!

To support our fundraising efforts, we also had a raffle for gift cards to local stores and a plant hanger made by the School of Education’s own Linda Leblanc. We had a craft sale featuring donated items from School of Ed students, and I must say we have some pretty talented future teachers among us! We also had the BEST Buddies artwork on display, but their pieces were for viewing pleasure only. Thanks to the hard work of our fundraising team, Alessandra and Chelsea, we were able to raise $475 for the BEST Buddies club.

The event was a huge success and I was happy that many of my friends from the program came out to support our school and an important cause. While we had hoped to see more students in attendance, the evening was still a lot of fun. For me, the planning was almost as fun as the actual evening as I had a lot of fun working with the decorations team. I hope that I am able to be involved again next year and that we will have more and more students as guests. It is so important to support your fellow students and initiatives within your school, and I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our guests, from students to profs to community members! We hope you had a wonderful evening in Rome!





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