January 4, 2017 at 10:15am

Millikin students host soup supper fundraiser

As a culmination to their event planning course, a group of Millikin University students hosted a soup supper fundraiser to raise proceeds for the local community organization Baby TALK. The event was held on Nov. 30 in Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus.

The course included 17 students under the direction of Marilyn Davis, chief of staff and adjunct assistant professor of marketing at Millikin.

"Communication was key," said Morgan Myers, a junior communication major from Moweaqua, Ill. "You have to constantly make sure you're on the same page as the people you're working with to achieve the end goal."

The class sold 225 tickets for the event and raised $686 for Baby TALK.

Baby TALK (Teaching Activities for Learning and Knowledge) is a community family support model which provides the framework to guide parent educators, teachers, social workers, family support specialists, nurses, physicians, librarians and city leaders in nurturing school readiness and optimal child development by supporting infants and toddlers and their parents. The organization positively impacts child development and nurtures healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early years.

In a recent interview with the Herald & Review, Marilyn Davis said the soup supper was the Performance Learning component of the class and the time for students to put everything they had learned into practice.

"One-quarter of what we do we can't do with just the state and federal dollars that we get, so we have to raise that in our community or through foundation grants," said Shauna Ejeh, Baby TALK executive director. "We are very grateful for our partnership with Millikin in the community."

Millikin's Event Planning course provides students with the foundation to successfully plan an event such as a profit or non-profit board meeting, major fundraising initiative for an organization, or major corporate event. The course allows students a "behind the scenes" perspective of how to organize and execute a successful event from the initial planning stage, budget preparation, and marketing, to the end product and the ability to assess the success of the event. Students learn how to market an event by utilizing various public relations tools coupled with good financial management.

Photo courtesy of the Herald & Review
Photo courtesy of the Herald & Review