Her Campus Fairfield is hosting its first charity event on Friday, April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alex and Ani in Westport, with proceeds benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Her Campus is an online magazine written by and for college females, with chapters at more than 230 colleges in the United States. Fairfield juniors Danielle Tullo and Amanda McKelvey teamed together to launch a Her Campus chapter at Fairfield in February.

Since the launch, the co-founders have amassed a team of 50 females who write stories, plan events and raise awareness. In the past, Her Campus has supported causes such as World Autism Awareness Day and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

At Friday’s event, 15 percent of the profits of every bracelet purchased both in the Westport store and over the phone from 5 to 7 p.m. will be donated to AFSP.

Her Campus Event Coordinator Morgan Tacopina ‘15 stated, “Unfortunately suicide is becoming more and more common amongst college kids due to the extreme pressures that they face in almost every aspect of their lives.

“It is especially important [that we support AFSP] since within the past year many Fairfield U students have known someone who has taken their own life,” she stated.

Tacopina added that Friday’s event will not be the only charity event hosted by Her Campus Fairfield.

“Her Campus plans to do many more charity events in the future since there are so many causes that are worth supporting, especially causes that are more common amongst college kids,” said Tacopina.

Tacopina explained that the Her Campus Fairfield team will be socializing with customers and Fairfield students as they purchase bracelets. She added that Alex and Ani will be providing snacks and drinks at the event as well, and is hoping students will attend.

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