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SNA raises awareness for Charity Ball and Gift of Life challenge

Student Nurses Association spreads the word about its upcoming events.
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SNA TABLING — Student Nurses Association Secretary, Phoebe Martin previews upcoming Charity Ball and Gift of Life challenge.

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) is currently tabling in Jamrich to advertise for two of their upcoming events, their Charity Ball and the Gift of Life challenge.

The Charity Ball is a fundraising event hosted by SNA with proceeds going to Bay Cliff Health Camp, taking place on Feb. 23 from 7-11 p.m. in the Northern Center Ballrooms. The event is open to the public and tickets are $25 per person, available for purchase on the Hub. 

Bay Cliff Health Camp is a nonprofit organization striving to provide wellness and therapy to those with disabilities. 

“I am really excited to support such a well-known organization with such a great cause,” SNA Secretary Phoebe Martin said. 

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SNA says it has not hosted an event like the Charity Ball in some time, however, they are not letting lack of experience hinder their donation goals.

“Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 for Bay Cliff Health Camp and also bring awareness about what they do,” Martin said. 

SNA wanted to bring the Charity Ball back and to continue to host more events throughout the community now that there are not as many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With SNA, we want to be better nurses and part of that is that our patient population, is the community so I think a Charity Ball for us signifies giving our time and dedication back to the community,” Martin said. 

The Charity Ball will include hors d’oeuvres, a DJ and an auction featuring donations from local businesses like Yooper Shirts

“Marquette has a very sweet community, and a lot of businesses are very generous,” Martin said. 

Guests can expect a night of fun and dancing, all for a good cause. 

In addition to the Charity Ball, SNA is also hosting the Gift of Life challenge, currently going on around college campuses to raise awareness about organ donation and increase the number of organ donors.

SNA says it hopes to bring a speaker from Gift of Life Michigan to campus to promote this cause. Martin emphasized the multitude of benefits received from organ donation.

“You can donate one organ and save multiple lives,” Martin said. 

SNA will have a table set up for both of these events in Jamrich throughout February, with exact dates and times listed on the Hub.

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I am a marketing major about to start my second year at Northern Michigan University, however, this will be my third year in college. I previously attended a small community college near my hometown, Charlevoix, Mi. In high school, I was a part of my school’s journalism program and helped to produce bi-weekly student newspapers. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, boating, fishing, and biking. I also love to work out, read, paint, and bake.