The Caribbean Student Association (CSA) is celebrating its 10th year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the organization’s fourth annual Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Belhurst Castle. This year, the CSA will donate a portion of the revenue from the ball to relief efforts surrounding the earthquake in Haiti. The Masquerade Ball has typically raised money for AIDS research and awareness in the Caribbean.
The group, according to CSA President Gabrielle Perez ’11 “fosters strong pride in their Caribbean heritage.” As global citizens, they recognize the importance of supporting nations around the world, such as Haiti.
“Raising funds for Haiti only seems right. We want to come together as people who share a similar culture and spread the hopeful spirit that is Caribbean. The Caribbean is a family, and Haiti is no exception,” says Junior CSA Officer Kian Williams.
For the past 10 years, CSA has sought to be a presence on campus. The Masquerade Ball will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets, priced between $10 and $12 for students and faculty, include live entertainment and a cash bar. Donations for Haiti will be accepted.