Louisiana State students use gala to raise cash for needy

A weekly volunteering opportunity for students at Louisiana State University in Shreveport has turned into a gala event that has raised more than $20,000 over two years for a local rescue mission.

Members of the university's Rotaract Club, which every week serves dinners at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, got the idea to start the "Black Tie...Or Not...Benefit Ball" in 2008 and attracted enough attendees and cash - $10,000 in donations - to make the gala a yearly event. The gala, held at the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome In Bossier City, is managed and hosted by Rotaract and the university's Accounting Club.

This year's event was just as successful, attracting 350 attendees, droves of student volunteers, including the jazz band, and another $10,000, according to the Shreveport Times and statements from the clubs. Rotaract and the Accounting Club presented an oversize check to the rescue mission earlier this month on the LSUS campus.

The students raised money in a number of creative ways, from collecting $2,000 donations from "real earth-shaker type supporters," as the students put it, to $25 donations from "I want to help supporters."

The students also collected coins by the pound in the "change monster," held raffles, a silent auction and launched a "Send a Poor Ole College Student to the Ball" program for $40.

See the blacktieornotball.com Web site for information on next year's event. Students say to write checks out to the LSUS Rotaract Club with this assurance: "Of course our accounting types guarantee the tax receipts too."

You may like these other stories...

For the first time in the five-year history of Vault.com’s rankings of the top 50 accounting firms to work for in North America, a firm has held the top spot as best accounting employer for two consecutive years....
With complex financial issues playing a larger role in litigation, and people increasingly turning to CPA experts to involve themselves in everything from criminal investigations to shareholder disputes to uncovering assets...
 Event Date: April 24, 2014 In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA introduces you to a powerful but underutilized macro feature in Excel. David will introduce the Macro Recorder, which transforms actions...

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Apr 22
Is everyone at your organization meeting your client service expectations? Let client service expert, Kristen Rampe, CPA help you establish a reputation of top-tier service in every facet of your firm during this one hour webinar.
Apr 24
In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA introduces you to a powerful but underutilized macro feature in Excel.
Apr 25
This material focuses on the principles of accounting for non-profit organizations' revenues. It will include discussions of revenue recognition for cash and non-cash contributions as well as other revenues commonly received by non-profit organizations.
Apr 30
During the second session of a four-part series on Individual Leadership, the focus will be on time management- a critical success factor for effective leadership. Each person has 24 hours of time to spend each day; the key is making wise investments and knowing what investments yield the greatest return.