Organizations on FSC’s campus hold Valentine’s Day fundraisers
As Valentine’s Day approaches, student organizations at Florida Southern College have been holding sales to raise money for charity.
Organizations such as Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), FLOSOCO and Alpha Omicron Pi (AOPi) held fundraisers at the “Buckstop,” a centralized location on campus.
AGR sold homemade soaps during its fundraiser last Friday. The soaps came in three different sizes, selling for $3, $4 and $6 respectively. Additionally, they are available in a wide variety of colors, specifically in all of FSC’s sororities’ colors.
“We chose to hold the sale prior to Valentine’s Day to help people get a great and affordable gift for the special someone, and it’s probably about that time that are previous customers are running low,” AGR President Conor Peters said.
Although AGR’s philanthropy is Talbot House Ministries, proceeds from this fundraiser will also be going into a special fund to help brothers who may have been tight with money this semester pay their dues.
“I was a little hesitant about such a sale at first, but after our successes of past sales I’m glad we are doing it,” Peters said. “It’s a great opportunity to be active on campus, get our name out and meet new people in a positive way.”
FLOSOCO also held a fundraiser last Friday, but plans to raise additional funds during Valentine’s Day week. The fundraisers run each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The organization is raising funds by selling $2 ocean-themed Valentine’s cards designed by Elise Pullen, who graduated from FSC last spring. She designed a total of 20 different Valentine’s Day cards last year, keeping all light and fun ocean themes.
According to Pullen, the idea stemmed from her love for Valentine’s Day and wanting to promote ocean conservation in an approachable way. She designed all 20 cards in about a week and got plenty of ideas from other members in FLOSOCO.
“I worked to include a few species that get less attention such as cuttle fish, pufferfish, feather stars, as well as more iconic marine life,” Pullen said. “Sayings on the cards include ‘That’s a Moray,’ ‘You Are a Bombshell,’ ‘You’re Jaw Dropping,’ ‘You Octopi my Heart’ and ‘You Are One Swell Mother Pucker.'”
Pullen has now provided the cards for FLOSOCO for two consecutive years but says it will be up to each year’s leadership whether they want to continue the fundraiser.
“Although all proceeds from FLOSOCO’s fundraisers will be going to charity, the card designs along with other works are available on my website,” Pullen said.
FLOSOCO will also be partnering with Tri-Beta during Valentine’s Day week to sell reusable water bottles to help reduce waste on campus.
AOPi will be holding a fundraiser of its own on Valentine’s Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
“We will be selling roses to raise money for our philanthropy, The Arthritis Foundation,” AOPi Philanthropy Chair Brianna Yeako said.
Roses will be sold for $2 each and be available in pink, orange, yellow and white. Support campus organizations this week by purchasing Valentine’s gifts for a good cause.