By Julianne Bartosz
The Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance (TRBD) committee, a group of about twenty Saint Mary’s University students, continues to work hard as the benefit dance draws closer.
The TRBD committee began its planning for the 12th annual TRBD early first semester with monthly meetings. As the March 24 dance approaches, the committee has been meeting every week to ensure that all details are covered.
“We have a group that is dedicated and willing to help out,” said Committee Co-Chair Kelsi Addabbo.
The committee is responsible for planning a silent auction to fundraise for the dance, advertising the event, choosing the beneficiary, sending invitations, decorating the dance site and planning a dinner for the beneficiary’s family and friends prior to the event.
This year, the committee chose to honor Josh Misiewicz after applications and nominations were reviewed. Misiewicz is a former SMU student and military veteran who was wounded while serving his country this past summer.
“It is hard to choose a beneficiary because everyone is really deserving,” said Addabbo.
Addabbo said that the dance is changing this year in two ways. It will be held in SMU’s gymnasium so that more students can attend, and it will also have a hockey or “miracle on ice” theme because Misiewicz played hockey.
“[The biggest reward] is seeing everything come together, how much money we can raise and how much it can impact someone’s life,” said Addabbo.