Cabaret for a Cause
Nearly $1,500 raised for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Bluffton University recently held its seventh annual Cabaret for a Cause. The semi-formal event for undergraduates features student performances of songs from a wide genre of musical styles. In the last seven years, the event has raised nearly $7,000.
“Cabaret for a Cause is a fundraiser dressed up as a student activity, fusing the enduring values of community and service into one night that students will remember even after they have graduated,” said Brent Schroeder, assistant director of the University Event Complex and Marbeck Center.
Each year a different organization is selected to receive the proceeds from ticket sales. This year, a donation of $1,460 was given to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Bluffton student Adam Hopkins ’17, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
In previous years, funds were donated to Mennonite Central Committee, Lima Rescue Mission, The Jamii Project, Community Mennonite Church of Chicago, Vs. Cancer and Open Arms.
The event was organized by students including: Rebecca Juliana ‘16, Samuel Stucky ’16, Taylor Lewis ’18, Kenneth Beeker ’17, Amanda Hunt ’17 and Robin Adams ’16. Advisors were Schroeder and Eli Weikart, graduate intern for student life.
“Cabaret is entirely about giving, and the only reward we get is intrinsic,” said Juliana. “It’s a fun night to get dressed up for a cause.” She has been on the Cabaret planning committee since her freshman year, and has a lot of praise for the event.
“Cabaret is one of my favorite events on campus,” said Juliana. “We come together to celebrate in each other’s musical and comical talents for a greater cause.”
This year’s acts included original compositions and cover songs, enjoyed by nearly 200 students, faculty and staff in attendance.
- Claire Clay, Public relations student assistant
Cabaret for a Cause is a fundraiser dressed up as a student activity, fusing the enduring values of community and service into one night that students will remember even after they have graduated."