Fundraising for Hurricane Katrina victims


Angie Rayfield, vice president of scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa honor society poses with donation can and proud hurricane relief donater Nikki Santiago. ()

Peter Monrroy, vice president of Associate Students of Skyline College (ASSC) and head of Student Organizations and Club Council (SOCC) has been heading a planning committee where Skyline Faculty, staff, club members, and students have been meeting to plan a fundraising event to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. A date has now been set for Nov. 2 from 11a.m. to 12:30p.m.and in the evening from 5:30 to 7.

The meetings have been held every week since Sept. 7. Ideas for fundraising have ranged from spaghetti dinners to barbeques. Menu items for the event are still being debated on but jambalayas and gumbo were two possibilities thrown out at the last meeting on Sept. 21.

The reason behind setting the date for November was to allow enough time for sufficient planning. At the meeting held on Sept. 14 Amory Cariadus, adviser to the ASSC, mentioned that Louisiana and the other affected areas would still need help later on, even when Hurricane Katrina is no longer in the news.

“So there’s no such thing as too late,” Cariadus said. ” It’s better to plan well and raise more funds to help those people later on then to rush and not raise much money.”

There is already some fundraising for Hurricane Katrina taking place at Skyline College in many different forms. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society is raising money to help Katrina victims in the community colleges in the affected areas. Angie Rayfield, vice president of Scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa said at the Sept. 14 meeting.

“If Skyline were to crumble in an earthquake tomorrow, do you think we’d get our tuition back?” The money Phi Theta Kappa is collecting goes towards the students in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Rayfield says there are donation cans all around campus. If people would like to make a check donation, they can make their checks out to “Phi Theta Kappa Hurricane Relief Fund.”

The cosmetology club on campus recently raised a total of $554 for Hurricane Katrina victims through a bake sale, they plan to donate that money to The American Red Cross.

There is a statewide effort for each community college in California to raise $10, 000

Dr. Victoria Morrow, president of Skyline College suggested at the last meeting that Skyline College might want to join this effort.

In addition ASSC might be able to match all funds raised but Monrroy is currently looking into that.

If you would like to become a part of this planning committee helping raise funds for Hurricane Katrina, feel free to stop by at the next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in room 2305.