BITE of Beloit raises money for Feed My Starving Children and Merrill Elementary
Kresge Theatre in the Neese Building was full of good food and impressive performances on the evening of Friday, Dec. 1. Beloit Independent Theatre Experience (BITE) organized BITE of Beloit, a charity fundraiser, which featured several different groups on campus.
Julia Dirkes-Jacks’20, the current president of BITE, was the main organizer of the event. She had the idea in July and began planning with the club when the semester began. BITE is a club that “funds and produces performances as well as organizing other performing arts related events,” she said.
Students who came to the the fundraiser were asked to donate at the entrance and the different performances consisted of Voodoo Barbie, Beloit College Performance Dance Team, Adult Themes, Bits and Pieces, Mattie Ganson’18 and Otis Roffman’19.
Voodoo Barbie, Beloit College’s improv comedy troupe, performed several improvised comedy sketches. The Performance Dance Team, the college’s dance group that is run by Sophia Rogers-Davidson’19 and Jen Widmer’19 and choreographs dances for different school events, performed a routine to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.” Adult Themes, formally known as 10,000 A.D., performed three sketches. The sketches featured Josh Block’20, Dirkes-Jacks, Richard McMurry’18, and Keaton Shultz’20. Bits and Pieces, the campus’ acapella, sang three different songs: “La La Latch” originally by Pentatonix, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and “American Boy” by Estelle ft. Kanye West. Ganson read a poem from Pocket Lint’s latest edition, and Roffman–copy editor for The Round Table and a member of Voodoo Barbie– performed a stand up comedy routine.
Every group and performer picked a charity before the event. At the conclusion of the night audience members voted for their favorite act, based on applause. The money collected at the door went to the organization picked by the winning act. Adult Themes took the title and donated over $100 to Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit that provides meals for malnourished children.
The event also featured art made by Merrill Elementary students. The art was available for purchase and the money made through the purchases, which totaled $60, will be donated to the Merrill Elementary art program. Sam Funk’20 was BITE’s connection with the school. She is currently a member of BITE and volunteers for Merrill’s after school program. Funk wanted to “validate the little artists” in her class who sometimes “feel a little insecure about how their art looks.” Not only was Funk able to feature their unique art but she was glad to benefit the school as well. “The food was great, the laughter was inviting and it was all in the name of raising money for…human beings in need. It was fantastic,” she added.
BITE is looking forward to making Bite of Beloit an annual project that will continue raising more money for charity.