Student association to host benefit 'carnival'


Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 10:44 p.m.

The University of Florida's Caribbean Student Association will turn the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom into a Carribean carnival tonight.

"Carnival: The Experience," the students' annual Fashion Talent Showcase, will help raise money for Kids Against Hunger, an organization that packages food for less fortunate children all over the world.

The show is at 7:30 p.m and is free and open to the public.

"You can expect a lot of high-energy performances," said Shaneika Edmond, executive director of this year's showcase.

The talent portion of the showcase will consist of a singing competition and a dance group competition, Edmond said.

During an intermission, the association will collect donations for Kids Against Hunger.

"The whole purpose of really having this show is so that we can collect those donations and give them to an organization that is doing things to help out people, not even just locally or nationally, but globally," Edmond said.

Tianna Kalogerakis, assistant executive director of the showcase, said providing a way for UF students to help other people is a great feeling.

"A rewarding part of the process is knowing that we are providing an outlet for UF students to help people in the Caribbean," Kalogerakis said.

Last year's show attracted some 1,000 people, and this year that number is expected to go up, she said.

"This is the only combined event of its kind. We've taken the best elements of showcasing entertainment and put them together in one event," she said.

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