Spanish Club raises over $1,500 for artists at fundraiser

Members sold bracelets, headbands and bags to raise money

By Sophia Gravatt
On April 19, 2019


ASU’s Spanish Club held a four-day fundraiser at the end of March to support independent artists.

Ciara Stednitz, Spanish Club president, said the fundraiser was motivated by a desire to help enterprising artists from developing countries in Central America. 

“We opted to sell their handicrafts at their prices and send them all proceeds,” Stednitz said. “We could have raised the prices and kept the difference for the club, but decided against that.”

Twenty-one students volunteered their time to manage the sale, which raised a total of $1,525 by selling 250 bracelets, 11 headbands and 10 bags.

            Stednitz said she was surprised at how much money they were able to raise. She said she thought they would raise around $500, but that the products sold themselves.

“It was fun and surprising to see how students reacted to the fundraiser,” Stednitz said. “Each product featured a tag with the artist’s information and picture, and students loved sifting through the hundreds of items to find the one that spoke to them the most.”

            In addition to the fundraiser, the Spanish Club has held quite a few other events such as partnering with AMAS and the Multicultural Center to host a Day of the Dead event where students could decorate sugar skulls. They also held a fundraiser during which they sold Mexican hot chocolate and donated conchas, a Mexican pastry. The funds went towards buying five Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.

“Next week, we are making up little pinatas while we watch a movie and chow down on nachos,” Stednitz said.

She said the club will sell the pinatas during dead week, from April 29 to May 1 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the area between the Houston Harte University Center and library. Their goal for this fundraiser is to put money away for next year.

“This year, Spanish Club has been more active than ever,” Stednitz said. “We hope to continue to build on the traditions we’ve established. We have seen growth, as far as membership is concerned, but would love to see more.”



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