An overview of Cure Cancer Casino

Octagon officers and attendees reflect on CCC 2019


Tabitha Mendez and Stuti Upadhyay

The Quinlan Community Center accommodated over 200 MVHS students and community members on March 30 as Octagon held its annual Cure Cancer Casino event. The night featured various activities, such as card games and photo booths, entertainment, such as live music and dances and a three-course-meal from Maggiano’s Little Italy. The money raised, approximately 6,000 dollars was donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Set up

Although the Octagon officer team and CCC chairs tried to finish as much work as possible before the day of the event, a large portion of the set-up could only be done on the day of CCC when Octagon was allowed to access the venue. Due to this, Octagon members were occupied far before the event actually started at 6 p.m, according to officer Rihana Mohamed.
“There’s just so much work,” Mohamed said. “And even though we’re such a huge group, were still hosting an event for over 250 people. So most of us got there at 9 a.m. and worked the entire day until 6 p.m. We went home for 20 minutes or 30 minutes to change in the middle and then went back right away.”

During the event

As sophomore Vivian Jiang explained, people attended CCC for various reasons, whether to give to a good cause, support their friends who helped organize the event, earn extra credit from teachers or simply have fun.
“I decided to come to CCC because it’s supporting a really good cause,” Jiang said. “I think the atmosphere is really casual and relaxed, really enjoyable, there’s a lot of good food and good performances.”

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Clean up
After the event ended at around 9 p.m., chair members and officers stayed until 11:30 p.m. to wash dishes, take down decorations and clean up. Many then returned home after a long day, while others hung out and celebrated the culmination of months of hard work by going out to eat at Bj’s after the night came to a close. Co-president Rahul Ravi believes this year’s CCC was a success, and was grateful to work with the Octagon team to plan the event.
“This year’s CCC being my last one makes it very emotional,” Ravi said “But at the end of the day, we try to enjoy every part of the night because we worked so hard and we just want to feel proud of what we were able to pull off one last time.”

Additional Reporting by Shuvi Jha and Swara Tiwari