By Idamarie Tedesco

itedesco@my.madonna.edu

As one of Madonna University's biggest philanthropists, senior Jenna Gambino leaves her mark at Madonna with her last good deed (to take place while in school, at least).

What good deed is this girl planting at school, you ask?

She's the founder of the Swing for Peace Charity event.

"I decided to start the Swing for Peace so that I could raise money for the International Day of Peace, which is held every Sept. 21st," said Gambino.

A Sadie-Hawkins style dance, girls are the ones expected to invite their dates.

Students can expect upbeat music, swing-dancing lessons, and a chance to benefit a fantastic cause while having fun, too.

"I wanted to hold an event that was a fun way to raise money for a good cause."

All proceeds from the event will go toward Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to protecting local communities in the Congo and make rehabilitation accessible to children formerly abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army.

Gambino has held the Swing for Peace event at Madonna since her freshman year and hopes students continue to host it even after she graduates.

"Invisible Children is an organization that cannot be ignored. It's up to us as young adults to spread the word and constantly get people involved."

The event will take place on at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Madonna University Residence Hall. 

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Students also have the opportunity to win numerous raffle prizes, one of which includes a signed stick from Henrick Zetterburg of the Detroit Red Wings.

A Graphic Design student, her ultimate plan once she graduates from Madonna is "finding a job."

"I chose my major because I have always had a passion for art. After searching and trying different kinds of art, I found graphic design."

When she's not in school or putting her heart of gold to work, Gambino enjoys reading, exercising, and hanging out with her friends and her boyfriend.

As Gambino prepares to graduate in April, she leaves some very wise words to upcoming Madonna University students.

"Know what you want to major in from the start and to be yourself. There's nothing worse than dramatically changing yourself to fit in, to find out later that there was nothing wrong with who you were in the first place. College is a place to grow, but not into someone that you're not."


 



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