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CCPR students raise $23,150 for charity: Section two highlights

Posted by Teri Clark, student, class of Spring 2015

Raising $23,150 for charity is no easy feat, but Centennial’s corporate communications and public relations students managed to do it, and on a $0-budget. With no budget and very little event planning experience, this project seemed near impossible to me. I’m sure some of my colleagues felt the same, but with the help of our instructors and some quality teamwork, every event turned out to be a huge success. I’ll be highlighting the five events of CCPR’s Section Two.
The first event was More Than Just a Brew, a charity coffee and tea tasting event in support of Evergreen at Aroma Espresso Bar. With fantastic raffle prizes, live entertainment, and unique teas and coffees for guests to try, the event was a success. The group even managed to secure some media coverage from The Toronto Star (huge PR kudos for that!)

Tea leaves on display at More Than Just a Brew

Tea leaves on display at More Than Just a Brew

Braeden Mitchell, Indie Week Artist performing at More Than Just a Brew

Braeden Mitchell, Indie Week Artist performing at More Than Just a Brew

The next event was No Laughing Matter, a comedy-themed event in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. This group of students secured some awesome high-profile talent: Rebecca Kohler (Toronto’s Best Female Stand-Up in 2013), Mark Little (you know, the guy from Mr. D!), Sandro Veri, Craig Anderson and Colin Munch. The comedians had us in stitches from start to finish, and the team of organizers drove home some important messages about mental health.

No Laughing Matter organizers (L to R): (Top row) Mike Hajmasy, Katie Heffernan, Lukas Pesa, (bottom row) Brianna Hurley, Ali Seller and Sarah May

No Laughing Matter organizers (L to R): (Top row) Mike Hajmasy, Katie Heffernan, Lukas Pesa, (bottom row) Brianna Hurley, Ali Seller and Sarah May

Mark Little at No Laughing Matter

Mark Little at No Laughing Matter

The organizers of ART HAUS T.O. did an incredible job of converting The Original Grooming Experts barbershop into a trendy art gallery with live entertainment, all in support of Greenhope for Children. With Gary Levy hosting, performances by Of Gentlemen & Cowards and Wolf J MacFarlane, and even some media coverage from OMNI, it really felt like a high-profile event. You’d never guess this group pulled it off with a $0-budget!

ART HAUS T.O. team: (from left) Ranjit Dhatt, Melanie LeBlanc, Pablo Crespo, Vivian Kwong, Chloe Stanois and Jessica Cheng, with Of Gentlement and Cowards (back)

ART HAUS T.O. team: (from left) Ranjit Dhatt, Melanie LeBlanc, Pablo Crespo, Vivian Kwong, Chloe Stanois and Jessica Cheng, with Of Gentlement and Cowards (back)

A full "haus" at The Original Grooming Experts

A full “haus” at The Original Grooming Experts

Next, the A Skating Chance team hosted a free skate at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens) in support of Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart charity. A Skating Chance was a day full of skating, games, tasty snacks and hot chocolate, and some amazing raffle and silent auction prizes like a signed Maple Leafs jersey by Nazem Kadri (very fitting for the event!).

Free skate at Mattamy Athletic Centre for A Skating Chance

Free skate at Mattamy Athletic Centre for A Skating Chance

Raffle time at A Skating Chance

Raffle time at A Skating Chance

The last event was A Wilki Night Out, a silent auction fundraiser in support of extracurricular funding for Wilkinson Junior Public School. Held at a beautiful venue called The Forth, parents of Wilkinson students had the chance to socialize and raise some money for the school. The Wilki Night Out team raised $5,043 overall and broke the record for most money raised by CCPR students.

Auction items on display at  A Wilki Night Out

Auction items on display at A Wilki Night Out

A Wilki Night Out was held at an elegant venue, The Forth

A Wilki Night Out was held at an elegant venue, The Forth

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CCPR students raise $23,150 for Toronto charities

By Melise Brereton, student, class of Spring 2015

Students at the Story Arts Centre and the Pickering Learning Centre raised $23,150 during the Fall 2014 event season, creating a new record for the CCPR program.

CCPR True Beauty Team

CCPR True Beauty Team

 

As part of the highly anticipated Event and Project Management course, students worked in groups to raise funds for local charities with a $0 starting budget. The class requires students to plan and execute a special event for a local charity. After limited planning times, students began throwing their events starting on November 12. Under the leadership of Jentzen Brown, Section 1 of the CCPR program at the Story Arts Centre combined their efforts and exhibited their skills and hard work at seven stellar events.

Students and guests at Breakfast Pursuit

Students and guests at Breakfast Pursuit

“I was nervous and excited at the same!” said student Melanie Jones,”I couldn’t imagine how planning a successful event would go with no money to start.” The entire class however, started pounding the pavement as soon as groups were assigned. The outcome was skillfully executed events hosted throughout Toronto, featuring performers, key note speakers and fun-filled activities.

Rise Up! Event Team

Rise Up! Event Team

Several students noted that the real world experience is difficult but worthwhile. “Having full control over planning this event is amazing. You can see all your hard work being brought to life,” said student Rachel Kvolek.

Congratulations to all students and instructors for your work. Your achievements are appreciated!

Ugly Sweaters Make Lives Better Team

Ugly Sweaters Make Lives Better Team

Here is a list of charities that benefited from 2014 events:

  • Look Good Feel Better
  • Children’s Breakfast Club
  • Interval House
  • Variety Village
  • Kids Now Canada
  • SKETCH
  • Red Door

Check out photos from this semester’s events.

Stand Up For Kids Now Team

Stand Up For Kids Now Team

Art in Action Team

Art in Action Team

Behind the Door team

Behind the Door team

Saying yes to college and CCPR

CCPR student Mike Hajmasy is all thumbs up for the post-grad program

CCPR student Mike Hajmasy is all thumbs up for the post-grad program

By Mike Hajmasy, student, class of Spring 2015

For those of you who are wondering – yes, the corporate communications and public relations program at Centennial College is nothing like what you experienced at university. If your years of academia were anything like mine, this is music to your ears.

I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier with an HBA in communication studies last year, and while I was proud of my accomplishment, I felt like I had very few of the work-ready skills necessary for the professional world. I began researching postgraduate options, much like you may be doing now, and chose Centennial College.

Having just finished the first half of an action-packed eight-month program, I’d like to impart my wisdom in the hopes of making your decision a little bit easier. Here are a few things you should know about Centennial’s CCPR program:

1. There’s never a dull moment

The CCPR program aims to equip you with all of the skills you’ll need in the world of public relations in just eight months. The program is divided into two terms, with seven courses in each – yes, seven. This means you’re almost always working on something, but it trains you to perform under pressure and to manage your time. Embrace your calendar and enjoy the ride.

2. The instructors are supportive, experienced professionals

Your instructors truly on your side and willing to help you in any way that they can. Gone are the days of student ID numbers, scary exam halls and oversized classes. Here, the classroom environment is close-knit and the instructors get to know each and every student. They also come with years of real world experience, which means their advice isn’t based on theory alone.

3. There’s an event-planning course

This is unique to Centennial’s CCPR program and a very worthwhile experience. In groups, you’ll plan unique, creative events on a $0-budget in support of a local charity of your choosing. I’ll admit, when the term began this task was nothing shy of daunting. But every group performed and together we raised over $11,000.

4. There are plenty of opportunities to meet industry professionals

Guest speakers, networking events and trips to agencies are commonplace in this program. Bob Richardson (head of John Tory’s communications campaign) and Brad Ross (head of communications for the TTC) are just two of the industry professionals we’ve had the opportunity to meet this term.

5. You’ll learn to love group work…I think

Is group work a challenge at times? Absolutely – but learning to excel in a collaborative environment is key. You aren’t always going to love the people you work with, but finding a way to leverage individual talents for overall success is a valuable skill that you’ll develop at Centennial.

Making the decision to come back to school isn’t an easy one, but hopefully this has helped you get a better understanding of Centennial’s CCPR program and the applied style of learning it offers.

Student Event: Get Campy!

camp-ooch-picGet ready to get campy! Centennial College Corporate Communications & Public Relations students are hosting a fun and games fundraiser for Camp Oochigeas, Monday March 31, 2014 at the Fox and the Fiddle.

Camp Oochigeas runs specialized programs to boost spirits for childhood cancer patients in Muskoka, at the Hospital for Sick Children and at a one-of-a-kind recreational space in downtown Toronto. In 2013, the group marked its 30th anniversary.

Get Campy will feature more than $2,000 in prizes and raffle items including a signed Mats Sundin jersey and Blue Jays tickets. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Fox and Fiddle is located at 535 Danforth Ave. and the event starts at 7 p.m.

For more information follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Follow our event blog at http://getcampyevent.wordpress.com.

Student Event: Removing the Mask

A masquerade ball with a message

On Monday, March 24, a group of students from Centennial College’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations program will host an evening of masked mystery, jazz music and dancing at Removing the Mask – A Masquerade Ball with a Message.  The event will raise funds for the Act to End Violence Against Women organization.

removingthemask2Festivities will include a silent auction, raffle draw and keynote speech from Act to End Violence Against Women’s executive director, Penny Krowitz.  Food, beverages and masks will be available in-house for purchase.

Removing the Mask runs from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m on March 24 at Main Event Sports Bar & Grill, 2368 Yonge St.

You can follow the event on Twitter: @RemovingMask1

For more information, please send an email to removingthemask1@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1426170517622078

Student Event: ChromatiCITY

On Monday December 2, a group of students from Centennial College’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations will host a fun filled event called ChromatiCITY. Dance, drink and win awesome prizes as we raise money for MusiCounts and music education!
Chromaticity
The event will feature performances by MuchMusic sponsored artist JWALK, Big Otter Creek, and DJ Raedar.  There will be great  prizes including signed vinyl records and other merchandise from Grammy-nominated band Dream Theater’s lead singer, James LaBrie.

ChromaticCITY starts at 8 p.m. December 2 at The Hideout, 484 Queen St. West.

Student Event: #CANit2013

CanItOn Wednesday, December 4, a group of students from Centennial College’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations postgraduate program will host an event called #CANit2013. Join us as we jump out of the cold and into the warmth! We will be building a pyramid of non-perishable canned goods that will help feed those in need of a warm meal this winter season. All proceeds from our silent auction, canned food donations and entry fee will go towards Dixon Hall’s Out of the Cold program.

The event takes place from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 at Faces, 224 Richmond St. West.  This is a 19+ event.

You can follow the event on Twitter: @CANit2013

For more information, please send an email to: canit2013@live.com


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