Octagon hosts 11th annual Cure Cancer Cafe

Sara Yang

International-themed CCC to be held on March 26


Tickets for Cure Cancer Cafe 2011 can be purchased for $20 at lunch in the Rally Court and on March 26 at the door. Photo by Sara Yang.Octagon will be hosting the 11th annual Cure Cancer Cafe at the Quinlan Community Center on March 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The traditional night of food, entertainment and silent auction is set to the theme “A Window to the World.”

As per tradition, the club hopes to raise enough money to donate $10,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They have achieved this goal for the past ten years and are working to bring the total to $110,000.

Junior Neil Fernandes and sophomore Hadar Sachs will be emceeing the event, with performers ranging from rap-beatbox duo seniors Kevin “Kazaam” Zhang and Samuel Young to Tensync, an a capella group.

Tickets are available for $20 in the Rally Court at lunch and at the door. In previous years, the club continued to sell tickets to late-comers at a discounted price with no meal included. But with approximately 375 people at CCC 2010, the number of guests surpassed the venue’s maximum capacity.

As a result, this year, the doors will remain open from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. but tickets will not be sold at the door after hitting the cap of approximately 300 attendees.

According to Octagon president senior Timur Mertol, this year’s event also faces a decreased number of teachers offering extra credit as an incentive. Unlike past years, the club has also avoided in-class promotion of the event. Despite circumstances, he encourages all students to attend.

“I liked my sophomore year CCC [2009] the best because it wasn’t crowded at all,” Mertol said. “Everyone had a seat, everyone got food. They liked the acts and everything went well… Hopefully we’ll get that this year as well.”

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