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Rave for the Brave to benefit injured soldiers

Chris Barnes | Friday, September 30, 2011

Glowsticks. Three DJs. Free pizza. T-shirts.

While students will be able to find all of these things at the Rave for the Brave tonight in Stepan Center, senior Chris Luboja said the event has a deeper meaning.

All the proceeds from the Rave will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that supports severely injured members of the military as they transition back to civilian life.

“Rave for the Brave is …. a great way to celebrate the lives of those men and women who sacrifice so much for us everyday,” Luboja said.

The Rave is co-sponsored by Stanford Hall, Lewis Hall and the Trident Naval Society.

“This event is really the first major dance on campus that is open to all students, not just those from a particular dorm,” Luboja said. “Stepan is ready for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to have a night filled with music, lights and smoke.”

Standford assistant rector Andrew Balhoff said advertising for the event has already been met with success.

“It will be amazing,” Balhoff said. “This is an inaugural event, but even so, we have over 1,100 people attending.”

The Rave will begin at 10 p.m. tonight in Stepan Center. Balhoff said the venue would be transformed for the event.

“We purchased 30,000 glow sticks, and 1,200 lasers will also be in use tonight at Stepan,” Balhoff said. “In addition, a smoke machine will emit 13,500 cubic feet of smoke per minute … We’ll have as much free pizza as you can eat.”

Luboja said the organizers booked three DJs for the event.

“Two of our DJs, Stanford’s own DJ Thayer and DJ ROC, come from the Notre Dame community, and the third, Vico Ono, is a Los Angeles native who has performed at locations like the Roxy Theater, Delicious Vinyl and Geisha House,” Luboja said. “He has had multiple tracks atop the Hypem [Hype Machine] Top 20 list.”

Luboja said tickets would cost $5 and include the cost of pizza and glow sticks.

“Further donations may be made for t-shirts and additional glow sticks,” he said.