College Republicans, Democrats unite for Puerto Rico fundraiser

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The College Democrats and College Republicans are teaming up to sponsor “NCC Sends Love to Puerto Rico,” an event to help raise money for the families and businesses that were affected by Hurricane Maria and other storms this past summer. The event will be held in Wentz Concert Hall lobby this Sunday, Feb. 11 from 5-7 p.m. It costs $3 to get in for NCC students/faculty and $5 for the public, which includes pizza, drinks and raffles.

Students can also buy candy grams at the event or during the week of Valentine’s Day to be sent to another student. Proceeds will be donated to United for Puerto Rico, a non-profit started by the first lady of Puerto Rico to help people and small businesses in the country.

“We chose this organization because it’s on the ground in Puerto Rico, started by those who are directly affected, so we think it will make the most impact for those in the country,” said Andrea Heiden, president of College Democrats. “We really want to encourage students to get involved. It’s a great way to meet people outside of our school and to find ways that we can work together.”

The College Democrats and College Republicans decided to toss aside party lines to co-host the event and bring their full support toward helping those in need.

“Now that the Democrats and Republicans have a much more functional relationship, we had the idea of hosting it together to show that we can come together, and that is what we intend to do more of going forward,” said Tyler Mamrot, vice president of College Republicans. “We do have some more significant events in the works, so be on the lookout for more Democrat-Republican joint events in the future!”

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