By Joelle Fisher

Staff Writer

The Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) will host an all-student formal dance on Feb 3. Not only is this an event for all students on campus to enjoy, but it is also a charity event in which all proceeds will be donated to the Amazing Grace Foundation.   

SAACs across the country have continued hosting formals such as this one and donating money to the same organization for many years in hopes to bring together a variety of students for a purposeful cause.   

“SAAC wanted to give all students the chance to attend a formal,” explained Sarah Dehring, assistant athletic director.   

“As many students here at Alma College are members of Greek life and have the opportunity to experience a formal, many of the students do not,” added Dehring.  

The theme of the dance is “Starry Night” and tickets will be available for $10 during lunch at SAGA until Jan. 31. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event for $15. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 8 p.m. for pictures and appetizers, followed by a guest DJ’s music entertainment for dancing at 9 p.m.  

“Events like this help build relationships between athletic teams, but also across campus,” stated Dehring.  

“The tighter community we can build, the more support we will see at our athletic events and with those relationships I also would hope to see the student athletes branching out and attending other campus events outside of athletics,” added Dehring.  

This event was inspired by a former event at Alma College, Amo-te, which was a girls ask guy dance from years past that also donated their profit to the Amazing Grace Foundation. Ballroom dance classes were offered prior to the event that students were encouraged to sign up for. The dance was largely successful, but over time the school ceased running.   

“We hope to make this an annual event. SAAC would love to continue to give opportunities for campus collaboration and unity,” explained Jennifer Kowalczyk (‘19).  

“In future years, we plan to work with ACUB and other school clubs/organizations to make this event better every year,” added Kowalczyk.   

“I think hosting a formal is a great way to help out a charity while also bringing together all of Alma’s student body,” said Katie Bush (‘19).   

“We’re all really excited to be hosting this event through SAAC and I can’t wait to see how much everyone loves it,” added Bush.