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Event planning students work Red Shoe Gala

February 26, 2015


Students studying event and convention management at Stephens last week helped the Ronald McDonald House set up its annual Red Shoe Gala at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri campus.

Students helped with décor preparation—specifically learning to master the art of chair ties—and assisted in a variety of other ways during the event, held Feb. 19. The experience aimed to complement their work in the classroom.

“By being involved in events such as the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Gala, my hope is that students will get to see how important every intricate detail is in making an event successful,” said Assistant Professor Cindy Hazelrigg. “It is important for them to see how important their specific tasks are in helping achieve the overall look and feel of the event. Conceptualizing the time that it takes in preparation for events such as these is a crucial learning tool that can only be achieved by experiencing it firsthand.”

Stephens students have worked with Ronald McDonald House, along with Knorr Marketing Communications, in the past.

“Ronald McDonald House has generously offered opportunities for our students to assist in this event for many years,” Hazelrigg said. “Rachel Ellersieck, a Stephens alumna, is currently the director of development, and has been a wonderful connection for the Stephens College Event and Convention Management program. Currently, Carly Schooley, a senior, is interning at the Columbia Ronald McDonald House and has continued to cultivate the relationship between the College and the organization.”

Event and Convention Management students work with other community partners, as well. They are now busy helping with upcoming events, including an auction at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School and the Cancer Research Center Gala at the Parkade Event Center.

Hazelrigg said she especially likes exposing the students to charitable events.

“By being involved in an event like the Red Shoe Gala, I hope they will see how much of an impact events can have on the individuals directly impacted, as well as making the world a better place.”

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