Tartil Shaheen, Emily FraserPolitical science student Tartil Shaheen receives a gift basket raffle prize from Emily Fraser of the Society of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at its charity gala last week.

Student gala raises funds in support of mental health

A charity ball hosted Friday by the Society of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences raised more than $6,000 to support the work of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The “Enchanted Forest” gala, held in the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, featured a dinner, live jazz by the Coffeehouse Combo, and dance music by DJ Soultrain.

The society’s outreach co-ordinator, Emily Fraser, said it hopes to make a difference both on and off-campus.

“With over 7,000 students and 170 faculty members in arts, humanities, and social sciences, we have a responsibility to engage a diverse student body with a wide range of skills,” she said. “We have spent the year building momentum towards this gala with pancake breakfasts, barbeques, T-shirt give-aways.”

Fraser said the association is a good beneficiary for student philanthropy.

“CMHA provides advocacy, programs, and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to thrive,” she said. “We all benefit when we help people reach their full potential.”