Last Thursday night in the Blind Duck pub, the Psychology Association of Undergraduate Students at Erindale raised over $600 from donations toward ErinOaks Kids Centre, a Mississauga-based agency that provides treatment for kids with conditions such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and muscular dystrophy.
Dubbed “P.A.U.S.E’s 2010 Variety Night,” the event takes place every year in the Blind Duck pub. This year’s Variety Night included a silent auction and different musical and dancing performances, with a grand prize of $100 for the best performance of the evening.
Other prices included a six-month VIP full access Gold Membership for Premier Fitness, movie passes for a year, and P.A.U.S.E. monogram wear, as well as a Psychology at UTM gift set.
When asked why they had chosen ErinOak Kids, P.A.U.S.E representatives said that the centre’s mission had impressed them during a networking event on February 3, prompting P.A.U.S.E president Claire Suarez and her associates to choose the ErinOak Kids as the agency that they would raise money for.
P.A.U.S.E advisor Christina Pellegrino said she was pleased with the huge turn-out in numbers.
Items in the silent auction were donated by the academic society’s executives and ranged from chocolate-scented candles to beachwear flip flops to jewelry accessories.
The night continued with a solo musical performance by PSY100 Professor Dax Urbszat, a comedic monologue with Wasif Khan and a dance performance by Ramon Vitug.
Audience members were given a ballot to select a winner for the best performance of the night, with a grand prize of $100. Last year’s winners, Punk in Drublic, defended their title, as they were once again chosen as the best performance of P.A.U.S.E’s 2010 Variety Night.
In previous variety nights, P.A.U.S.E. has donated to a multitude of local groups, including Eden Food Bank of Mississauga, the Boys and Girls Club of Peel and Sheena’s Place.