A collaboration between Cal State Fullertonâ€™s International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Ad Club resulted in a fundraiser for Haiti called the “ROCK OFF” at downtown Fullertonâ€™s Slidebar Tuesday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.
“ROCK OFF” raised funds for both groups while showcasing rock bands such as The Nite Howls, Soul Papa and ER, as well as featuring DJ Albie of LRG.
At the door, tickets cost $10, while pre-ordered tickets were $8. Along with the cost of the ticket, guests received two complimentary drinks, meaning attendees had to be 21 or over.
When first planning the event, which took place before the Haitian earthquake, it was meant to raise money for IABC and Ad Club. But after the 7.0 quake that devastated the island nation of Haiti, members of the IABC thought raising money and awareness for the victims was a much better plan and the right thing to do.
â€œUnfortunately, during our planning the Haiti disaster struck and IABC and Ad Club felt that it was necessary to not only raise awareness but help victims in Haiti,â€ said VP of Communications for IABC and CSUF senior Lady McDesmond.
McDesmond said that about 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the Orange County Red Cross and make its way to Haiti.
Students and customers packed the Slidebar, which usually caters to people into an alternative atmosphere. Guests enjoyed the bars wide variety of beers and well drinks.
The Slidebar provided all the entrees for IABC and Ad Club guests. VIPs â€“ people who donated extra â€“ were given reserved seating next to the patio outside the bar.
CSUFâ€™s Audrey Huynh, a 24-year-old public relations major, hopes the fundraiser ultimately achieves its goal. â€œ’ROCK OFF’ is supporting two of Cal State Fullertonâ€™s premier student organizations as well as the global relief efforts for The Red Cross to benefit Haiti. The goal of both organizations are to sell out the event, of course! We want to raise as much money as possible and have a good time doing it,â€ Huynh said.
â€œThere is so much work involved in Haitiâ€™s recovery and it would mean a lot for our contributions to simply make a positive impact on the healing process,â€ she added.
Students from the communications department planned the entire event from scratch. McDesmond talked about how the organization decided on Slidebar as the host for the fundraiser.
â€œAfter a few board outings to downtown Fullerton, we had the opportunity to meet Sean Francis, owner of Slidebar, and the Continental. After hearing our plans to throw a joint fundraiser with Ad Club, he offered his bar/restaurant as a venue free of charge, as a way of giving back to CSUF,â€ she said.
The President of the Ad Club, Julius Bulson, was happy with the way the event turned out.
â€œI’m really excited to be working with IABC. It going to a good cause, weâ€™re giving proceeds to Haiti and the red cross.â€ Bulson said.
When asked if he would do more fundraisers like this, Bulson replied, â€œDefinitely. Weâ€™ll do more like this in the future. Our relationship is good with IABC.â€