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Karaoke for a Cause: Support Autism Speaks

Members of Alpha Xi Delta interact with students at Mac tables to share information about the event held this week (Northern Review Photo/Ashlee McDonnell)

Members of Alpha Xi Delta interact with students at Mac tables to share information about the event held this week (Northern Review Photo/Ashlee McDonnell)

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 68 children. There is not a known cure or cause for Autism as of now. In order to find a cure, Alpha Xi Delta partnered with Autism Speaks to raise money for treatment, care, and research. To do so, the organization holds annual philanthropy events to raise money.

 According to Philanthropy Chair, Dani Kendall, “Karaoke is something most people love and is a simple way to give back while having fun.”

The event is taking place in the Bear Cave, located in McIntosh Center on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 5-8 pm. There is a $2 admission fee but includes karaoke and refreshments. Additional activities include a 50/50 drawing, a puzzle building competition and a raffle, which all can be added for a small fee. The event is open to all. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend.

Karaoke for a Cause is replacing the annual Puzzlepalooza event that Alpha Xi Delta held annually. “We decided that Puzzlepalooza wasn't reaching out to a large enough audience on campus so we wanted to try something new that no other organizations do,” said Kendall.

While the event is new, there is a great chance of students being excited to participate. If singing is not interesting to you, watching is always an option and there are puzzles, raffles and food. Everybody can find something to entertain them in one space and all proceeds go directly to Autism Speaks.  “Our main goal is to market the event and raise awareness and educate people on what Autism is and how it is affecting our communities,” shared Kendall.

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