A charity ball to grant sick children’s wishes

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Engineering ball

Every year students and staff of uOttawa Faculty of Engineering come together to help others. Last month was that time of the year again!

On February 28th, members of the Engineering Students' Society (ESS) of the University of Ottawa threw a successful Engineering Charity Ball to support the Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario foundation. The purpose of the Ball was to raise money to grant the wishes of a sick child.

Witnesses agreed that this year’s ball was a huge success, an event that gathers around 150 participants.

Great event, professionally organized, impressive venue (revolving restaurant at the top of the Marriott’s hotel), demonstrates the social engagement of engineering students towards a worthy cause and organization. This is a telling example of engineering students moving away from the rowdy ‘ERTW’ (aka ‘Engineers Rule The World) mindset towards the more respectful and inclusive ‘ESTW’ (aka Engineers Serve The World) attitude that is at the heart of the engineering profession”,  confirms Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

Cael Boettinger, the organizer of this year’s charity ball believes that the success of the ball is a combination of the venue, the charity chosen, and the organizing team’s hard work.

The Marriott Hotel did an excellent job of hosting Engball this year. Summit, the top floor of the hotel, was a perfect fit for the theme, which was casino royale. Additionally, I think that choosing the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the recipient resonated with the students. I believe that the students wanted to support this charity and banded together to make this event great. Lastly, there was a lot of hard work that went into organizing and hosting this event. The committee did an excellent job helping me create the decorations, contacting potential sponsors and helping me promote the event”, adds Boettinger.

The Engineering Charity Ball is a formal event, which runs every year to donate money to a charity organization that works to make a difference in the world.  According to Boettinger, the Ball was originally created to support Actua, an organization committed to providing hands-on, interactive education enrichment experiences in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) to Canadian youth aged 6 to 16 years. For about 8 years now, several charity organizations have received donation through this student initiative.

The ESS is a student association on campus whose mandate is to promote the general and higher education of the engineering students of the University of Ottawa. As current Director of Charities, Boettinger has organized several events on behalf of Shinerama, Movember and Relay for life throughout the year.

Thank you very much, Cael and Brian, for offering the opportunity to my colleagues, our spouses, and I to participate in the 2015 Charity Ball organized by our Engineering Students’ Society. On behalf of the Faculty, I want to congratulate all the members of your organizing team for another successful event”, congratulates Dr. Laguë.

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