On Friday, Feb. 2, registered student organization Forever Red hosted the annual Coop’s Birthday Party event.
The celebration included many fun games, activities and prizes such as a “balloon pop” and “give a gift, get a gift.” Normally, the party takes place in October, but Forever Red decided to celebrate Coop’s birthday on SVSU’s “Day of Giving,” the largest day of the year for fundraisers and donations through the SVSU Foundation Office. All the money raised during Coop’s birthday went toward student scholarships.
Emma Hondzinkski, senior marketing major and vice president of the Create pillar for Forever Red, was in charge of coordinating and putting on Coop’s Birthday Party.
“One of my favorite parts about the event is just seeing the other students have a lot of fun,” Hondzinksi said. “We had a few games and fun activities that students could do, which also helped Forever Red’s mission to raise money for student scholarships.”
Forever Red President Morgan Seeley, a senior secondary education major, discussed the importance of coinciding Coop’s Birthday Party with the Foundation Office’s “Day of Giving.”
“We wanted to encourage SVSU students, faculty, staff and alumni to give Coop a birthday gift by donating to the university on Feb. 2,” Seeley said. “I am so grateful for the ability to work with the Foundation Office to raise money for scholarships and educate on the importance of philanthropy.”
Monday, Feb. 12, will mark the beginning of Forever Red’s third annual I Heart SV Week. The week’s events are dedicated to educating students on philanthropy and the importance of giving back, while also raising money for student scholarships. Each day of the week features a different event in which students can attend or participate.
Monday, there will be a fundraiser at Pierce Road Bar & Grill, located in Cardinal View Plaza. Between noon and 8 p.m., students can bring a fundraiser flier, or show one on their phones, in order to have 20 percent of the bill go to student scholarships.
“We really want to develop a relationship with the restaurant because it’s so close to campus and is a popular spot for college students,” said Mikaela Ashton, Forever Red’s vice president of the Enhance pillar, the position responsible for I Heart SV Week.
Tuesday marks the 5 Under 5 event, taking place in the Emeriti Room from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is a question-and-answer session with five SVSU graduates who have graduated within the last five years, one student from each college.
“The panel will have a Q & A session with the audience, talking about their SVSU experience, how it has prepared them for where they are now, and what we as students should do to prepare ourselves for that step,” Ashton said.
Wednesday, Feb. 14, students will have the opportunity to play “The Newlywed Game” in the Student Life Programming Room from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Teams of two will answer questions about their partners. The winning team will take home first place and two $25 gift cards, second will take two $15 gift cards, and third will win a $10 gift card for each team member.
To sign up to play, students can visit the “I Heart SV Week” Facebook page and click on “The Newlywed Game” event, then click on “Find Tickets.”
I Heart SV Week t-shirts will be on sale throughout the week outside the Marketplace at Doan and the Zahnow Library. Students are encouraged to wear their shirts to the men’s and women’s basketball games against Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 15. The shirts will also be sold at both of the games.
In addition to the t-shirts, throughout the week, Forever Red will be selling tickets to the Saginaw Spirit game taking place on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:05 p.m. The $10 tickets may be purchased in Student Life or at the I Heart SV Week table sits.
“Forever Red has the amazing opportunity to be the nonprofit organization that receives the other half of the 50/50 ticket sales, and will be putting that money towards student scholarships,” Ashton said.
The table sits occurring throughout the week will also give students the opportunity to return their coin banks, if they were given one earlier this year, as well as donate to student scholarships. Students will also have the opportunity to write letters to donors thanking them for their generosity.