The Student Nutrition Organization (SNO) at San Diego State University (SDSU) held their Sixth Annual Dinner Gala & Silent Auction recently and raised a generous donation for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Kids Eat Right (KER) public nutrition education program.

The SNO at SDSU is passionate about children and helping them develop healthy eating habits. SDSU alum and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member Carl Barnes, MS, RD helped establish this Gala and tradition of raising funds to support the Foundation.

“In 2013, the SDSU Student Nutrition Organization had over 100 passionate students participating in numerous social and philanthropic ventures supporting Nutrition at the local level. We wanted to harness the enormous pool of passion for nutrition and connect the group with a National or Global cause that resonated with the students. Upon reading about KER on EatRight.org it was unanimous that child nutrition was a passion of many students. Even for those, like myself, going into other specialties, it seemed hard to find a nutrition student who wasn’t impassioned by child nutrition. From that overwhelming interest and support we discussed how the organization could best support or promote KER. The concept of a Gala allowed the organization to both raise funds for KER as well as promote awareness of KER and ANDF within the San Diego community.”

Carl Barnes, MS, RD addresses the attendees and speaks on behalf of the Foundation

“At the point of conception I don’t think any of us truly fathomed how much of a personal connection we were establishing to KER. For me, other than a welcome excuse to return to San Diego each year, the Gala has been my outlet to promote child nutrition even though my Dietetics career is in another specialty. Now that we are 6 years removed it also serves as a continued inspiration for me to see student leaders engage with their community and the ANDF. Looking forward I hope to be able to work with other schools to repeat the success of SDSU and develop a network of Nutrition Students directly engaging with the Academy Foundation,” explained Barnes.

With the combination of a silent auction, ticket sales, and generous donations, SNO raised $2,800 for the Kids Eat Right campaign. To end the night with a twist Emily Woolf, the SNO President, gathered the gala attendees for the grand finale. The ignition of sparklers symbolized a remembrance of our heartfelt evening in “Lightning the Path” to ending childhood obesity.

The Academy Foundation’s Kids Eat Right public nutrition education program was launched to support projects and programs that address the national health concern of obesity among our children.

“This year’s Gala was the first I was able to attend, and I was so impressed! I learned more about the Kids Eat Right (and the) Foundation and was reminded of some of the nutritional issues that affect children. It was an excellent opportunity to mingle with current and former students and colleagues and raise money for a worthy cause!”
Mayumi Petrisko, MS, RD, SDSU DPD Program Director

SNO Executive Board Members