Engineering students hold Annual Winter Charity Ball in support of families of kids battling cancer

Feb 22nd, 2016

By Jackey Locke

Engineering Society A presenting cheque to special guests Tina Hand and Hilary Williams. Photo credit: Annette Whelan Photography.
Engineering students hold Annual Winter Charity Ball in support of families of kids battling cancer

For 10 years, engineering undergraduate students have been holding an annual Charity Ball fundraiser in support of local charities. The annual event has made positive impact on the community and gained popularity in recent years.

On Feb. 6, more than $20,000 was raised in support of the Dr. Jack Hand Legacy Foundation by students of Engineering Student Society A. Dr. Jack Hand was a compassionate medical doctor, who devoted his time to helping families in the province with children battling cancer, until his passing in 2012. Now, his memorial foundation is devoted to continuing his legacy by providing financial assistance to those parents so that they don’t have financial worries when their child is undergoing treatments.

Erin Matthews is president of the society and is quite pleased with how the event went and how much was raised.

“The lower price of oil was a large concern for us when contacting companies for sponsorships,” said Ms. Matthews. “However, we have a network of generous companies, family and friends who really helped us make this event happen.”

Planning for the event began this past fall.

“Society A is a team of 14 students who truly went above and beyond to make this event as successful as it was,” said Ms. Matthews. “We were all very passionate about the work the foundation does for families in the province, and when you get a group of young leaders together amazing things can happen!"

The event took place at the Johnson GEO CENTRE and included a cocktail reception, live music, silent and live auctions and a three-course dinner.

“A lot of hard work and planning goes into this annual event, and our students are commended on an excellent job in bringing the community together to support such an important foundation,” said Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “Giving back to the community is very important and we are so proud of our students.”


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