In case you needed another reason to party, a University of Toronto student group has come up with one for you: Charity.
Party For A Cause (PFAC) has been in operation for about six years and the student-run organization hosts five to six parties a year.
All money collected through ticket sales is passed on to different charity groups and this year its recipients include Save The Children and Toronto’s Youth Without Shelter.
Sarah Zaljac, a fourth-year history major at the U of T, has volunteered with Party For A Cause since her first year. She’s now the director of corporate relations and says the group raises between $10,000 and $12,000 a year, with 100 per cent of the profits going to their chosen charities.
“So many students attend (the parties) and it also works as advertising for the charity because students who attend learn more about that charity,” she said.
Their most recent event took place last night at Frequency Nightclub on Richmond Street.
The annual “Graffiti Party” — attendees are given white T-shirts and markers and spend the evening getting to know one another and scribbling on each other’s shirts — was expected to attract about 1,000 party-goers and is the organization’s biggest party of the year.
In October, they hosted a Victoria’s Secret themed party backed by the well-known lingerie company at Tattoo Rock Parlour on Queen Street West. It was attended by more than 300 people.
As for why Party For A Cause is such a success, PFAC president Paul Humphrey said it’s simple: “You take something that university students like to do anyway (party) and put their money toward something worthwhile.”
For more information on Party For A Cause, visit party.sa.utoronto.ca.
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