You can’t spell fundraiser without “fun” and that’s exactly what the ASID Student Chapter at Santa Fe Community College had in mind when chapter leaders began planning the chapter’s first annual holiday party and silent auction in August 2013. Santa Fe, N.M., is a thriving community of artists and designers. The culturally diverse community is essentially a small town with a big presence, offering a design world in many distinct and different forms.
The holiday event was conceived by chapter leaders, including Levia O’Neill, president; Amanda Melvin, vice president; Judith Romero, budget secretary; Amalia Thomas, secretary; and Jessica Savage, SGA representative and event coordinator, who came up with the idea during a brainstorming session for the SFC ASID student board.
The committee wanted to create an event that showcased the student chapter while also providing students with an educational benefit. The planners decided on an annual fundraiser that would give students an opportunity to network with professionals in the design field. The group decided to take a balanced approach to the planning process to ensure the fundraiser would be an integrated effort between the student chapter and members of the local community. With that in mind, the group’s goal was twofold: 1) to enable the chapter’s students to attend national events pertaining to the design field, and 2) to bring professionals from various design fields into the community via lectures and workshops.
To ensure the success of the event, the group met twice a week, once as a club and once as a board, with each member bringing a strong, clear and determined point of view. Team members were assigned specific roles, such as making tickets and finding donors. Engaging with and involving the community at large inspired the planning committee, and everyone was motivated and excited to meet project goals. The team, which actively invited local businesses to share in its vision, was gratified to receive an outpouring of community support when they introduced themselves as members of the local ASID student chapter. Julie Hanson, the faculty advisor, played an integral role in team’s efforts. She was very helpful in finding donors, coordinating ideas and providing overall encouragement and support.
The chapter was grateful to have the use of Santa Fe Community College’s student work gallery, the Red Dot Gallery on Canyon Road, as a venue for the event. Throughout the planning process, the student board and ASID student members showed dedication and creativity, with students making ornaments and vases to sell at the event. Students also made gift bags for attendees, and they printed invitations and event tickets. The chapter spent about $300 for supplies and marketing, and its net profit was around $2,000. The food and beverages served at the event were graciously donated by local sponsors, and the event promoted the SFCC ASID club, the Santa Fe Community College and the local design industries.
This successful fundraiser was a special experience for the ASID student board members as well as the entire chapter. The team worked very hard to make the creative and collaborative event a great success. In fact, the event was so successful that the chapter plans to expand the fundraiser next year to become a destination event with even more speakers. The chapter looks forward to continuing to share the benefits of being ASID student members throughout the vibrant Santa Fe community.
Levia O’Neill is Santa Fe Community College ASID Student Chapter president and ASID New Mexico student representative to the board.