Vietnamese Student Association’s date auction supports charity – RSS Results in life* of type article Mississippi State University’s Vietnamese Student Association is a diverse community of students with a passion for giving back. One of the main ways the VSA accomplishes this goal is through their annual date auction. MSU’s VSA will join nine other schools at Tulane University to participate in the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations Gulf Coast annual date auction on Nov. 17.The date auction is a fun, entertaining event bringing VSAs from across the South together to raise money for a different charity each year. However, dates are not actually bought at these events. Instead, VSAs raise money before hand and, in turn, perform at a regional event with other VSA’s in honor of those who donated. The term “date auction” is used to garner attention and provide fun promotional opportunities for each VSA.
For the date auction, each VSA prepares a group dance in addition to selecting several members to perform more individualized acts and raise money prior to the event.Austin Luong, an MSU freshman and individual event performer, said the event is a time for all the members to get excited for each other and the fundraising they are doing.”I think (the date auction) is just for everyone to get hyped for each other and get excited for the fact that we’ve raised money for the charity,” Luong said.Luong and fellow freshman representative Amy Pham will perform a piano duet. Every year, the date auction has a theme each VSA incorporates into their acts. This year’s theme is time travel, and each school is assigned a different decade. Darrell Sparks, the advisor of the MSU VSA, said the date auction has been a successful fundraiser in the past, raising over $18,000 last year alone.This year, proceeds from the event will go toward Children of Vietnam, an organization committed to “building bright …

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