Brave Aid serves as a talent show for all students. All proceeds from the event go to a charity of Student Government’s choice. SGA often selects an organization based on the SGA State project, but this year they chose to support BARC.
“Brave Aid is a great night for students to not only perform, but help a charity out at the same time. They get to do what they love while helping other,” SGA sponsor Cassandra Stilwell said. “It takes lots of man hours to put on this event, but it’s always nice to see how the night comes together almost perfectly.”
BARC plans to work with SGA to sponsor dogs with urgent medical needs such as being heartworm-positive or in need of a major surgery like removal of tumors. The charity aims to cover costs related to a dog’s medical condition because healthy dogs have a higher chance of adoption. BARC supports the dogs in shelters and works with Orange County Animal Services to get their medical treatments. After getting treatment, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando will help with adoption. Certified therapy dogs will attend Brave Aid to spark more interest in the charity.
“This year, you will be able to able to see first-hand what you are helping,” SGA senator Abigail Smith said. “We wanted to combine people’s love for dogs with a want to help the community.”
Student’s performances include dancing and both original songs written by students and covered songs. Stixx, the drum line, will close out the show for the 17th consecutive year.
“For percussion, it’s a rite of passage and tradition to perform every year,” Leonardo Garcia, performing in Stixx and The Front, said. “It feels pretty good knowing we are helping people in need because everyone in percussion enjoys it. Being able to do what interests me while helping others is a win-win.”
The show starts at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 and are on sale Jan. 18 and 19 at lunch, and the night of the event.