REVO, short for Revolution, is a student-led movement that raises awareness and funds for different philanthropic causes each year. In years past, REVO has worked to support causes for communities in Peru, Argentina and Arizona. This year, all proceeds from REVO events went to Love146, an organization that works to abolish child sex trafficking and exploitation.
Throughout the year, REVO hosted previous events, such as the RoCo Art Show and the 5K Color Run, in order to raise funds for Love146. These two events were the precursor for the main fundraising event that took place on Sunday, May 19, which included the “stuff sale,” benefit concert and fashion show. This year’s REVO switched things up by joining with Spring Fest, thus REVOfest was born. With this change, REVOfest was able to maximize more space: club booths lined the Campus Mall surrounded by the “stuff sale,” moving the stages for the benefit concert to the lawn in front of Paulin Hall and those for the fashion show to the fountain. In addition to the money raised from the stuff sale, campus clubs were encouraged to donate 20 percent of their profits to the cause.
Springfest also gave students the opportunity to get “married” or play Twister at the Communication Club booth if they weren’t too hungry. For US fans, Spring Fest held a meet and greet with the duo, Michael Alvarado and Clarissa Rae. For some funny money, students could take pictures and say hello, all while helping the Love 146 cause.
The traditional “Stuff Sale” is PUC’s own thrift shop with items donated by students to be resold back to students. Open from 2-6:30, students were eager to purchase these pre-owned goods at affordable prices using cash, card or funny money. Prices ranged anywhere from $1 scarves to a StairMaster priced at $50. The stuff sale was not limited to men and women’s clothing (shirts, shorts, pants, dresses and skirts) and footwear, although apparel was the main attraction. Students also chose from miscellaneous items such as a printer/scanner combo, fully equipped with necessary cords and a printer cartridge for $20; various exercise equipment including two sets of five-pound hand weights and a yoga mat set; and a first generation eight-gigabyte iPod Touch for only $30.
Miriam Petersen, a junior biology student, has been in charge of the stuff sale for the past two years. This year’s process proved to be much smoother in comparison to last year.
“I was pleasantly surprised by the success of this year’s REVO stuff sale,” said Petersen. “The PUC students really pulled through with a large amount of quality donations in a short period of time. Overall, I feel that the sale was a huge success, and we were able to contribute a significant amount to the REVO project (Love146).”
The stuff sale raised over $500 in cash alone, not including debit card or funny money purchases. When the sale came to a close around 6:30, some students made their last bargained purchases while others moved down to the lawn to claim seats for the upcoming benefit concert.
The musical performance featured headliner US, husband and wife duo Carissa Rae and Michael Alvarado, with an array of PUC student openers: Danielle Nelson, Sarah Lee, Ariana Casiano and Mattie Lake and lastly former PUC student Gavion Nierre, along with his sisters Kayla and Katrina Niere.
US opened with a brand new song, an exclusive performance for REVOfest in support of Love146. They proceeded to walk the audience through the story of their love, in song, of course. An old favorite, “The Banana Song,” explained how hard it is to let go of past loves, even an inanimate object such as a banana. “Never Gonna Leave You” was Michael Alvarado’s answer to Carissa Rae about all the other girls he may come across. A theme song medley featuring childhood favorites — “Full House,” “Doug,” “All That” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” to name a few — was used to illustrated their love for talking about all the things they have in common. US ended with “Missing You Like Crazy”, which helped them get through the time they spent in a long distance relationship. This was an obvious crowd pleaser, as toward the end various members of the audience stood up and sang the chorus along with US: “La la la la la la la la hey baby! I’m missing you like crazy.”
US thanked the audience for coming out, which segued to the last event of the night, the fashion show.
Each collection centered around a theme and was accompanied with a song that specifically fit the clothing line. The lines were distinct and memorable, ranging from a Disney Princesses to a social media collection. Grace Otieno won People’s Choice for her collection of superheroes for a third year in a row. Jaryn Hart’s and Manny Peralta’s Star Wars collection also won over the judges.
Featured image courtesy Jamie Wittwer, other photos by Allison Regan