The Music Club raises awareness

By Kalli Wolf, Staff Writer

The Music Club in Cheney will be holding a Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31 at Sutton Park, located between Washington and 7th Street. The fundraiser will last until approximately 12:30 p.m.

The fundraiser will be called No Tricks Just Treats, a costume and tailgate party before the EWU football game against Weber State. There will be live performances by various DJs and other artists from EWU. The goal is to create exposure for the club while raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The club will provide plenty of hotdogs, hamburgers and refreshments. All food will be free, but donations are strongly encouraged, as Oct. 31 is the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In their efforts to gain exposure for the club and Breast Cancer Awareness, the group has purchased a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre™ Solo Wireless On-Ear Headphones that will be raffled at approximately noon during the event.

Tickets are $1 each and are available now. Twenty percent of the total proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. If The Music Club raises $300 they will donate 50 percent of the proceeds.

The Music Club was started winter quarter 2015 by club President Connor Phalen, EWU junior and DJ, recent graduate Isaiah Jenkins, junior Shelly Fleming, junior Mark Arcilla, sophomore Carlos Avila, senior Timothy Smith and sophomore Wyatt Walstad, all EWU students. Phalen referred to the club’s creation as “a series of events.”

The Music Club was created to encourage all students to get involved, no matter their level of expertise or skill sets. Phalen believes everyone can bring something to the table, but students in the music, marketing and graphic design fields are especially encouraged to join.

“There’s just no club like it in Cheney,” he said. “We wanted to raise awareness for music around the area,” giving local artists a chance to expand their fan base. Phalen said his goal is to “make a platform for people to thrive in their form of creativity,” their mission statement being, “Amplifying creative minds.”

Cameron Fleming, EWU senior and hip-hop artist, said, “The Music Club has helped me grow as a musician by allowing me to connect with like-minded, talented artists. Collaboration is what makes the world go around. Joining the music club has humbled me above all.”

Although the Music Club is not directly affiliated with EWU at this time, Eastern’s campus helps serve as a means for bringing in artists, hosting events, increasing exposure and encouraging students to get involved.

“The Music Club isn’t strictly comprised of musicians,” said Fleming. “The secret to benefiting from the Music Club is to know exactly what you want out of it and then openly communicating that to the group. Whether it’s better stage presence, social media strategies or learning an instrument, it all starts with a goal.”

Phalen encourages all student organizations, local businesses and anyone who is interested in having the Music Club host an event for them to contact him directly.

Students who would like to become more involved are encouraged to attend their meetings every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the JFK library.