Each year the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation receives countless donations from local restaurants and businesses that greatly aid the Hospice House’s efforts to care for its patients.
Communication student Tristan Ellis has been utilizing his skills and interests to reach out to restaurants in Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding areas for this year’s Gala. His efforts have so far gained for the Gala donations and/or participation from about seven restaurants, with more to come.
This past week, Ellis received confirmation from Cena, Sarita’s Grill and Cantina, Superking Seafood, Tacos & Beer, and Olive Garden.
Southeastern’s Communication 466 Special Events Planning course has allowed students to work in their areas of interest and expertise for planning the Gala.
“I wanted to work with restaurants for the hands-on event planning experience, as well as the networking opportunities,” said Ellis. “It’s definitely challenged me to be a more social person.”
They have stepped out of their comfort zones, adapted to constant changes, and gained valuable communication skills and experience in the process of assisting the foundation with the event.
“My favorite part has been meeting so many new people and it’s been very rewarding, feeling like I’m contributing to a good cause,” he added.
As of now, nearly thirty restaurants have confirmed a donation or participation of some kind to help with this year’s Gala.
“It has been extremely helpful to have Tristan reaching out to the restaurants for the Hospice Gala event,” said Melinda Milton, Restaurant Committee Chair for the 2021 Gala. “The SLU students have brought such a fresh point of view to the event. We appreciate the hard work and the energy which we believe will contribute to the best Gala event we have ever had for Richard Murphy Hospice.”