Partying with a purpose

here Amanda Gerow

clomid fertility drug for sale Staff Writer By day, the UWF Cannon Green plays host to lounging students, organizational barbecues, and sometimes even a Cornhole game or two. However, on Sunday, the peaceful area turned into the prime location for Alpha Tau Omega’s ATGlΩw.

ATGlΩw, a typically popular event on campus, has returned after a year hiatus. Through a partnership with GlowRage, ATΩ worked to raise money for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, or SAVE.

SAVE is an organization that works to prevent suicide by raising public awareness and providing education. The organization also works as a resource for those who have been affected by suicide.

“The cause hits home for us because we had a brother commit suicide in the past, and we want the community to know that suicide affects so many lives,” said John Rock, a brother of ATΩ at UWF.

The event consisted of upbeat music, live disk jockey’s, and tons of paint that helped add to the party. However, the “party with a purpose” made sure to fill the night with various speakers that shed a light on the impact of suicide, especially what is happening on college campuses all over the country.

One speaker addressed the data that found there are 642 suicide attempts on college campuses every day. These shocking statistics were made known during the event in an effort to encourage those in attendance to be more aware of their peers. Just because it does not seem like someone is struggling, does not mean they are not.

Though the event was held on campus, it was open to the public. A cover charge of $10 for students and $20 for non-students made sure as much money as possible could be raised for the event. The additional selling of event shirts, sunglasses, bracelets and paint helped raise even more funds.

The event had a total of 952 people in attendance and raised $14,390. The promotion of the event helped bring out community members and students alike.

“My friend begged me to go, and I’ve never been, so I went.,” UWF junior Raquel Corkill said. “I liked it a lot because even though it was a paint party, it was also about awareness.”

From the hype before the event, to the well-placed stage and various UWF police patrolling, it was easy to believe this was a real rave rather than a campus philanthropy event. However, the goal of raising money for a worthy cause was always in the forefront.