DECA fundraises for Autism

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On the brink of competing at the state conference, the UW-Whitewater DECA chapter has begun to strengthen its résumé for the chapter of the year award.

Brandon Narverson

The chapter of the year award is granted based on civic consciousness, volunteer work and the general body of work by each chapter.

The UW-Whitewater chapter has begun fundraising for the organization Autism Speaks to help its chances. This week, DECA will sell desserts in the University Center to benefit the organization.

Along with the dessert fundraiser, DECA will host a benefit featuring a live band at 9 p.m. tomorrow in Jitters coffeehouse to further their fundraising efforts.

DECA will also offer the opportunity of designing a puzzle piece which will be part of a large puzzle. The large puzzle will be assembled and displayed in the UC at the end of the week.

DECA decided to raise money for autism because it was the charity chosen by the state, but also because several DECA members have relatives who are autistic.

Senior Alison Mueller and sophomore Matt Ross have spearheaded the fundraising efforts this year.

Mueller and Ross said they were surprised by how much they learned so far.

“It’s been really enjoyable to work on, and the response from the community, student organizations and faculty has been excellent,” Mueller said. “We were very interested in spreading awareness.”

Ross said his favorite part has been seeing the campus and community come together on such a large project.

DECA also hosted a fundraising night last week at Culvers, which chapter President Brandon Narveson said he was pleased with the turnout.

DECA will compete at the state conference beginning March 1.