The Caribbean Student Association (CSA) will host its 15th annual Masquerade Ball on Saturday, March 29. This philanthropic event will feature the theme “Mardi Gras” and include numerous culturally-themed performances.
This year, CSA will allocate half of all funds raised to create a scholarship for current HWS students to study abroad.
“The scholarship would serve as an alternative resource for students from low-income families to assist them in a study abroad experience,” says Tatiana Soto ’15, prime minister of CSA.
Any additional fundraising will directly benefit displaced Haitian-Dominican families in the Dominican Republic. In previous years, the charity event has supported programs such as Pathways Togo, which strives to further the education of young women in Togo, a country in West Africa.
Performances at the event include music from Perfect Third, the Colleges’ co-ed a capella group, poetry reading, a step routine, and Caribbean-themed dances. The evening will also feature several speakers, who will focus on informing attendees about current issues facing Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Recently, the Dominican Republic ruled to remove the citizenship of approximately 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians.
The Masquerade Ball will be held at Belhurst Castle from 5 until 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for HWS students and $15 for non-students. The purchase of a ticket includes a masquerade mask, transportation and dinner. The CSA also invites students to attend the after-party, which will be held following the ball in the Barn from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“Our goal for any of our events is to spread more knowledge about the Caribbean culture on campus but also to share an integral part of our perspectives as HWS students of Caribbean descent,” Soto says.
The goal of the CSA, which has been an active part of the HWS campus since 1999, is to spread awareness of the cultural, political, and social issues surrounding the Caribbean region. The student organization meets at 7 p.m. in the Intercultural Affairs house each Thursday. In addition to these weekly meetings, the CSA hosts many charitable events throughout the academic year.
The Masquerade Ball follows the success of CSA’s second annual Charity Date Auction, which raised $1,000 for the Funeyma Foundation in the Dominican Republic.
The photo above features members of the Caribbean Student Association.