InterKey hosts “Light the Night” Dinner

Key Club and Interact will host their charity dinner, Light the Night, at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sung Tien Collaboration Center in City of Industry. The dinner will feature Indian cuisine from Curry India Bistro and entertainment from the Walnut High All-Male Dance Team (WHAM), Fifth Avenue, and alumni Adanna Duru and Jason De Guzman. Admission is fifteen dollars and proceeds will go toward the charities End Polio Now and Project Eliminate.

“Instead of working as individual clubs, we hope that we can collaborate for future events or bonding. Our overall goal is to have Interact and Key Club work more as a community rather than just individual clubs,” Interact cabinet member junior Catherine Yong said.

Interact president junior Jonathan Yang, one of the main organizers of the charity dinner, drew inspiration for this event from the Bay Area Interact District 5170. Each section of the district is expected to host one charity dinner per year, and after Yang saw one of their dinners sell out in less than three minutes, he adopted the idea.

“At first, I was in awe because I realized the entire atmosphere of club activity was different up there. People were there because they cared about the club and not because they just wanted service hours for college,” Yang said. “I knew this was something I want to see take root in our clubs, so I contacted [Key Club President] Kelly [Seto] and went forward with planning the dinner.”

The two clubs assembled an InterKey committee of 15 officers to organize the dinner. Interact and Key Club collaborated not only to expand their audience, but also to return to their roots of service and philanthropy.

“This event is really special; it’s not only about bringing Key and Interact together but also about bringing people together and showing how much high school students can do,” Interact cabinet member sophomore Aaron Bao said. “Though the dinner might not be a volunteering event per se, both clubs really emphasized on the community aspect – bringing a community together.”

Derek Wan, Tech team leader

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