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Palouse Mental Health Resources Fair

Each year, students in the College of Education’s Sport Management program split into small groups and do a fundraiser as part of their capstone. To do this, every aspect of a good sport event has to be utilized, from operations, to legal, to marketing and promotion, etc. Each event is supposed to help raise money for a group or organization the students choose.

Palouse Mental Health Resources Fair

This collaborative event will present the Palouse community with resources available for mental health. The event will take place at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center (located on the southeast side of campus: 405 SE Spokane Street, Pullman, WA 99164) on Sat., April 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The mission of this event is to create awareness of the various resources available while overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health. All event proceeds will be donated to our beneficiary Lynn Kramer of iBelieve of the Palouse. She aims to reach her goal of one million dollars to build a new youth and wellness facility in Pullman, Wash.

In accomplishing this feat, this event will offer three aspects of physical activity; Yoga, Zumba, and Body Pump. Each class will be led by a fully certified trainer. In addition, the event will grant participants social entertainment through carnival-style games as well as a raffle featuring apparel, autographed articles, and other entertainment prizes. The final aspect of the event will encompass the ‘Pie a Professional’. This portion of the event includes a silent auction fundraiser on a panel of WSU celebs, coaches, and well-known members of Pullman. All participants will receive the opportunity to bid in the silent auction fundraiser which will remain open until the final hour of our event. The individual with the highest donation placed will have the pleasure of throwing a pie in the face of the WSU celebrity, coach or member of which they donated towards. Food, refreshments, and snacks will be offered at no-cost in attendance at our event.

“We wanted to do this event because at some point we all hit down times and perseverance,” said sport management student Eddie Chavez, who is helping facilitate the event. “This event is to show that there is help and resources for when you need it and it’s okay to talk about what you are going through, thus eliminating the stigma that mental health has.”

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