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Wenonah Players Hosts Thrift Pop-Up Event

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Karleigh Johnson
Dresses displayed in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

No matter how cold the first week back at Winona State University was, the Wenonah Players were ready to fundraise. The Wenonah Players is the theatre club that has become a place for students of various degrees to share their talent. Over January 10th-12th, the Wenonah Players hosted a pop-up thrift shop to fundraise for the club.

The club was fundraising to send a small group of students to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa. This academic theatre festival is important for students who are theatre majors, or those who are interested in theatre due to the festival’s ability to help students hone their talents.

Jensen Drake, a third-year majoring in public relations, is the vice president of the Wenonah Players. Drake described the importance of this event.

“This five daylong conference includes opportunities to participate in auditions, intensives, watch theatrical shows and meet people within the theatre industry. There is also the opportunity for students to book professional jobs,” Drake said. “Our pop-up shop raised money to help fund these students on the trip as well as giving leftover funds to the players’ account.”

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This fundraiser was put on not only to help the Wenonah Players students, but also to help the students of WSU and the community. With the high prices of necessities, saving money is more important now than ever, especially for college students.

Sanorah Goldoff, a fourth-year student double majoring in theatre and special education teaching is the president of the Wenonah Players club at WSU.

“Shopping for clothes can be expensive nowadays, especially for students who have to worry about tuition, rent, and groceries. This is a great opportunity for students to shop for affordable clothes and help us raise money for our trip all at once,” Goldoff said.

Along with collecting clothes from students, faculty, and parents, many of the Wenonah Players donated bags of their own clothes in order to put on this pop-up thrift shop. Over the two days of running the pop-up thrift shop, members of the Wenonah Players got to meet new people from around campus and help make a difference.

Kailey Doeseckle, a third-year student majoring in criminal justice: corrections and justice services has been a member of the Wenonah players since her first year of college.

“I think that my favorite part of the pop-up shop was being able to meet people! Lots of different people came by those couple of days, and chatting with them was always fun. I also just liked being able to share my clothes with people who use them,” Doeseckle said.

The pop-up fundraiser was cut off a day earlier than planned due to inclement weather. Instead of the pop-up shop running for three days it only ran for two, however no matter the amount of time it was intended to run for versus the time it did, the event did help the Wenonah players reach their goal of sending some students to the KC/ACTF.

The Wenonah Players event coordinator, a fourth-year accounting major Eli Anderson is one of the people who made the shop happen.

“We were very excited to do this fundraiser and we were very happy to send 7 of our players to ACTF. This was a huge success for us, and it was very fun to put on and run,” Anderson said.

While the event didn’t get its full run due to the weather, there are plans to do it again later in the spring to make up for it. A lot of people in the Wenonah Players helped to make this pop-up thrift shop happen and they have intentions to announce new dates to make up for lost time.

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Alayna Majkrzak, News Reporter
Alayna Majkrzak (she/they) is a first-year at Winona State University and is a news reporter here at The Winonan. Majkrzak is a CALT (Communication, Arts, and Literature Teaching) major and is minoring in theatre.   In their spare time, they enjoy crocheting, reading and writing. Though, all these activities are preferably done in a comfortable sweater while listening to their favorite playlist or watching Ghost Adventures. Back at home, Majkrzak was involved in their school newspaper for four years, and they are incredibly excited to continue their passion for honesty through journalism in college.  
Karleigh Johnson, News Reporter
Karleigh Johnson (she/her/hers) is a reporter for the Winonan as of fall 2023. She started off at North Hennepin Community College and transferred to Winona State University in her third year to Major in Creative Digital Media and Minor in both Film Studies and Spanish. 
 
After attending Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion, Karleigh continues to have a passion for the Spanish language and culture. She studied in Spain through Winona State University in May of 2023. Karleigh enjoys travel, art, writing, photography and videomaking. 
 
Karleigh participated in the Disney College Program in Spring 2022 and became a Disney Trainer. After graduation, she hopes to return to Disney by working for one of the many media and entertainment companies Disney owns. Her dream is to write her own television show inspired by comedic styles of The Office, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, and many others.

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