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Dance the Night Away for United Way

For the Asian Students Association (ASA), an upcoming event provides a way to have fun while supporting the college’s outreach to the community.

“I Love the 90s: Buy a Beauty,” a dance auction and party coordinated by ASA, will offer student participants up for bid as partners on the dance floor to raise money for the United Way of Hampshire County.

The event will take place on Friday, April 11, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Gamut at Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free, but a donation of $2 is suggested to attend.

“The ASA decided to host this event as a way to bring members of the Smith and Five-College communities together,” said Aarin Murray, ASA social chair, who is helping plan the event. “We decided upon United Way as our beneficiary because we like the organization’s holistic agenda, how United Way supports a multitude of local charitable agencies in order to strengthen the community as a whole.”

The ASA dance auction occurs on the heels of the successful completion of the college’s annual United Way campaign. Smith employees contributed $160,000 to the United Way of Hampshire County through the college campaign. As in most years, Smith is the largest institutional donor to the local United Way, accounting for more than 13 percent of the organization’s $1.2 million goal this year.

The United Way of Hampshire County distributes money throughout the year to 27 agencies that provide food for needyfamilies, help battered and threatened women find safe shelter, offer participatory programs for seniors and at-risk teens, subsidize childcare so that single parents can work, and many other services. Most importantly, the United Way seeks to bring people together with the aim of improving life for everyone in the Pioneer Valley.

The ASA hopes to raise at least $300 for the United Way through the “I Love the 90s” event, said Murray, while throwing “one swinging party. Participants will be auctioning themselves off for the evening’s dance. Then auctioneers and bidders can dance to their favorite 90s hits.”

Meanwhile, they will be helping those in need in Smith’s local community.

It’s not too late for those in the Smith community who still wish to contribute to United Way of Hampshire County. Contact Donna Schnopp in ITS, ext. 2644 or for a donation form, or visit the college’s United Way Web site.

4/9/08   Eric Sean Weld
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