Posted on October 18, 2015 by Tia Lalani

This year the annual SCORE! event will be held on Oct. 29 in the Augustana Forum – drop off donations the day before!

By Emily McIlroy, The Dagligtale

28-29Oct - SCORE fulltext

28-29Oct – SCORE fulltext

This year the annual SCORE! event will be held on Oct. 29 in the Augustana Forum.

The event will start with opening remarks and the fashion show at 12:50 p.m. and run until 4 p.m. The Forum will be packed with donated goods: clothes, household items, shoes and much more. Besides the ‘Score-est of the Score’ items, everything will be free to anyone who attends.

The Score-est of the Score is a silent auction of the most valuable items. Proceeds from the auction will be donated for the Camrose Open Door.

Erin Specht has been heavily involved in organizing SCORE! both this year and in the past. She is particularly excited about the fashion show “as we will be having faculty and staff doing it”. Models include Yvonne Becker, Glen Hvenegaard, Martina Brewer and Kim Misfeldt, who will show off their SCORE! items accompanied by a fun playlist.

There will also be a variety of events during the three hours. These include a do-it-yourself booth taught by parents and grandparents, which organizers hope will include sauerkraut making. There will also be tie-dye and card game instruction, which ties into Augustana’s 2015-2016 theme of Time to Play.

Specht notes, “SCORE! is generally a playful event, so the spirit of play is already there, but we want to highlight it.” The SCORE! planning committee has met with the theme committee and will be assuring the playful aspect is even more present than previous years.

IMG_7945The Dance Club will be hosting an informal dance workshop at SCORE!. The dance skills will be handy for the coffeehouse, hosted by the Augustana Chaplaincy, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Faith and Life Lounge and feature live music.

This year, there will be a Halloween costume section. If you have any costumes to donate, drop-off time is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the information desk.

This year’s beneficiary was chosen based on a few principles: “Following the theme of eliminating poverty but in a way that empowers people, the Open Door is a local charity […] that empowers and supports at-risk youth and gives them tools so that they can stand up on their own. Since we are a University and we are a young people, I love the idea of young people supporting young people” says Specht. The Camrose Open Door organization is highly involved in helping people help themselves.

“SCORE! was originally designed for the purpose of addressing the stigma that surrounds poverty,” says Specht. Carmelle Mohr founded SCORE! as a result of her passion to reduce homelessness and poverty, inspired by the original SCORE! creators in the states. The fun atmosphere surrounding the event obliterates ideologies that second hand goods are non-desirable.

Student Annika Olesen says, “SCORE! makes the best of a bad situation. We have way too much stuff and SCORE! keeps a fraction of it out of the landfill, while building community and awareness at the same time.”

Specht agrees. “It has now morphed into a more sustainability focused event promoting people to becoming self-sustainable and recognising that you don’t always need to buy new things…We are showcasing it in a very public way saying, ‘hey there are other ways, you don’t have to go to the store every time you need something.’”

Specht said, “Augustana is a very community minded school […] and is really well invested in the Camrose community. SCORE! is another way for us to connect with the Camrose community and with each other.” This year, as with all other years, Specht encourages us to “recognise that we are privileged and that we can give back.”

If you wish to volunteer, go to the signup sheet on the SCORE! Facebook page (Augustana SCORE!). On drop-off day volunteers will organize and sort through donations and choose the Score-est of the Score items.

Throughout SCORE!, volunteers will set up in the morning, organize the tables, and box all the leftovers to send to the community.

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