LUGRAMMY 1Lamar University’s Future Cultured Society is partnering up with Woman 2 Woman and the Lamar Fashion Merchandising Association to hold “LU Grammys,” an award show at 7 p.m., Dec. 7, in Price Auditorium. Admission is a donation of clothes, shoes or toiletries for a student in need at Lamar.

“The goal of the event is to highlight the positivity on campus and to network with other organizations, so that we can come together to put on a show for the students,” president Merrick Needham, Houston junior, said. “‘LU Grammys’ is a student-run award show to reward the students that stand out by their peers as a good representation for a particular category. There is strict dress code for everyone that is going to attend. We want it to be like the Grammys is being really hosted here at Lamar. Not only do we want to bring recognition to our organization on campus, we also want to help out our fellow Lamar student in need.”

The “LU Grammys” was previously a pay-for-entry event, but the organization decided to ask for donations after a recent tragedy affected a fellow student.

Houston sophomore Kayla Walker and her family suffered a devastating loss when fire destroyed their home on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, Walker’s mother is battling severe Lupus, an autoimmune disorder. The family is in need of housing assistance, food and other necessities.

“I would like to not only thank FCS, but the whole Lamar community for helping me and my family during this trying time in our lives,” Walker said. “Although we may have lost a lot of things, we did not lose our lives. The support that I and my family have received from the Lamar community has been amazing and reassures me that Lamar is not only the school I attend, but an extended family.”

Needham said that is what their organization is all about — it is an extended family and group is available to support fellow students.

“As an organization, we stand for the student body which means bringing them together and helping them when it matters most,” he said. “With this mindset at hand we decided to change it to benefit our friend Kayla in a time where she needs her school the most. The ‘LU Grammys’ about everyone coming out to network, walk the red carpet in their nicest attire, and support one another as well as have a good time.”

Donations will also be accepted Dec. 7, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., in front of Brooks Shivers may also be made at to at www.gofundme.com/thanksgiv inghousefirelief

For more information, email merrickneedham@gmail.com, or follow @futurecsoc on Twitter for updates.

Story by Maia Smith, UP contributor

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