Two hundred guests, 20 Team members, 12 weeks’ preparation, two really big bottles of booze, and over $10,000 raised for Kwantlen’s President’s Ambassadorial Team’s very own Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Friday evening proved to be a huge success for the PAT: Our second annual fundraiser, held at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino, essentially tripled the total raised at last year’s event. Our toonie toss was a profit machine, our 50/50 raffle saw one lucky guest walk away with $928, and the all-you-can-eat buffet kept everyone happy and well-fed. Plus, our goodie bags were a hit, and the fast-paced horse-racing, and betting, kept everyone entertained.

Planning an event can be incredibly stressful, but when most of the problems you have to deal with are relatively positive, the only thing you can do is take a deep breath and smile: We ran out of seats because too many people wanted to attend, we barely had enough table space for our silent auction items because so many generous businesses supported our endeavour, and not every PAT member got the opportunity to participate as much as I’m sure they would have liked to, because the ones involved were just too good at what they were doing.

In the grand scheme of things, I’m walking away from the evening with a lot of pride for what we managed to pull off.

I’m also walking away having learned several life and event-planning lessons: Some I learned the hard way, but others I’ve discovered after having had some time to reflect on the whole process.

But at the end of the day, the purpose of the event was not only met, but exceeded. The PAT is now well over half-way to meeting their original $20,000 goal. So really, the fun is just beginning: A third annual event would definitely get us past that mark, and then we get to hand out scholarship money to another generation of students, and maybe even future PATs. For me, that’s the best part.

In the meantime, a shout-out to my irreplaceable current PATs, and wonderfully supportive friends and family. “The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” — Margaret Carty

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For this week’s Kwantlen Chronicle submission, @JSaggau and I decided to put together a video on student parking.

Last year, it cost students $95 per semester to park at one of the four campuses: this year, it costs students $125.

Like true journalists, we did the math and found out why there was a $30 parking pass increase from 2009-2010.

Putting the video together was a lot of fun: we took turns reporting facts on camera, and caught students’ reactions to the price increase on tape.

The fruits of our labour were not, however, acheived without difficulty, or should I say, difficulties.

The majority of the audio from our first day of filming wasn’t recorded. We still have no idea why, but we figured it was due to some mechanical incompatibility between the mic and the camera.

On the only other day we had to re-shoot the video, the weather was terrible, which meant that we would have a lighting inconsistancy between the first day we shot (which was bright and sunny) and the second.

Finally, in our first shoot, I had done all of the reporter on-camera work. Since half of the clips didn’t have any audio, they needed to be re-shot. But I was wearing different outfits on both days, which would have made for a lot of wardrobe changes back and forth in a two minute video.

The project was a great learning experience, as we had to really work together as a team to overcome the many obstacles thrown our way.

You can check out the parking video, which marks my first broadcast debut, at the Kwantlen Chronicle online.

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@HayleyWoodin

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