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Julia Damiano ’02, a double major in art and history from Washington, N.J., has organized a fund-raiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation 7-10 p.m. today at College Hill Tavern, 420 Cattell Street.

Raffle prizes include six tickets for an N’Sync concert, and gift certificates and food from local restaurants and stores. An employee of CHT, Damiano hopes to help grant the wishes of five seriously ill children.

“She pulled this whole thing together on her own,” notes Sheila Mardahl, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mideastern Pennsylvania in today’s Express-Times newspaper. “I can’t say enough good about her.”

Damiano raised $3,100 for a four-year-old Easton girl with brain tumors at a Make-A-Wish fund-raiser last year. More than 200 people attended and purchased 800 raffle tickets at the event, which went toward costs from a weeklong trip to Disney World that the young girl enjoyed with her family.

During the fall semester, January interim session between semesters, and spring semester, Damiano has been learning the art of curating through hands-on work as an EXCEL Scholar with Michiko Okaya, director of the art gallery for the Williams Center for the Arts, which has included organizing exhibitions at the new Underground Gallery in the Office of Dean of Studies. Her art has been displayed in the gallery of the Williams Center for the Arts and the David A. Portlock Black Cultural Center. Damiano spoke at the annual Lafayette Leadership Institute in February and was a cast member of the student production of The Vagina Monologues performed this spring.

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