Northern student nurses holding second annual function for charity

Emily Pagel

The Student Nursing Association (SNA) will be holding their second annual charity event for the Medical Care Access Coalition (MCAC) from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 15 at the Ramada Inn Ballroom in Marquette.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public, and will be available for purchase in the Nursing Technology Center (1609 West Science) and also at the door.

The price of admission will include pizza, pop, snacks and entertainment. There will also be bead necklaces and glow sticks for sale to help raise additional money for the organization.

Unlike previous years, there is no dress code for this event and SNA encourages students to come as they are.

“There are a lot of students that are involved in Medical Care Access Coalition (MCAC)and they’re a big part of medical in Marquette, so it’s a good way for us to raise money for the charity,” said Alicia Crouse, events coordinator for the SNA.

MCAC is a donation based medical service for the uninsured with a mission to, according to SNA vice president Brendan Franklin, ‘Develop a model system to provide needed health care to underserved individuals in Marquette County, and to assist other communities in doing the same.’

The non profit organization is located in the Medical Center on Fair Avenue and is able to care for low income patients through donated health care, pharmaceuticals and medical office visits.

Last year’s charity event raised nearly $3,000 for MCAC.

“We’re always working to do better,” Franklin said. “The main thing we want to do is to get people aware.

“Not only is our goal to raise money for Medical Care Access Coalition but it’s to spread awareness about these programs and how they are around Marquette.”

Franklin said the program can serve to benefit not only community members, but also students who do not have access insurance or other ways to receive health care.

“There are a lot of students that use their services that don’t have insurance, can’t apply for or receive Medicaid, so they do receive things from MCAC,” he said. “Hopefully we can beat last year’s goal but it’s all up to students.”

Last semester, the charity event for the Janzen House was at full capacity according to Franklin.

“It’s a ton of fun,” he said. “I think every year students find out about it more and more and it’s becoming a big thing, these charity events are becoming quite large. I look forward to seeing lots of new faces there.”

Students who are unable to attend the event but would like to donate to MCAC can bring monetary donations to the Nursing Technology Center.

The SNA is an organization on campus with more than 80 registered members. They plan charity events, help with the blood drives at the volunteer center and work on campus and in the community on medical-related projects. For more information about the event and Student Nursing Association email [email protected] or [email protected]