Steer Roast 2018

For: Senior House
Cambridge, MA
Organizer: Xiao Xiao
Steer Roast 2018 (Senior House)
of $10,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 111 donors

The Story

The tl;dr:

Roast 2018 is happening! Since the event is no longer associated with MIT and cannot receive MIT funds, we need your help to make it happen. Money raised will be used to pay for venues, food, bands, and art. Please consider donating and hope to see you the first weekend of May!

The Long version:

Senior House was the oldest undergraduate dormitory at MIT, known for its vibrant artistic and alternative culture. For more than half a century, Senior House has hosted Steer Roast, an annual event that has grown into a weekend-long festival. Alumni from all over the world return to the house to enjoy live music, art, a feast, and the company of friends old and new.

One year ago, the MIT administration canceled Steer Roast two weeks before the event with little public justification. With similar opacity, the MIT administration decided to close Senior House as an undergraduate dorm not long after. For more details about what happened, please see this article.

Despite having only two weeks for planning, the Senior House alumni community came together last year and organized an off-campus "Alt-Roast." This year, our community is still working to continue the Steer Roast tradition. 

During the fight to preserve Senior House last year, many voices from outside the immediate student and alumni community came out in sympathy and solidarity. Now that Senior House and Steer Roast are no longer tied to MIT, we see Roast 2018 as an opportunity to welcome all those who have supported us into the next chapter of our treasured tradition. To all who hold dear the Senior House values of taking care of each other, welcoming differences, individual freedom and communal responsibility, we invite you to join us in celebration the first weekend of May at the 55th annual Steer Roast.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 9, 2018

Posted on February 9, 2018

First of all, a huge THANKS to everyone who donated so far. I'm blown away by your generosity. It means so much that so many of you (some not even part of the haus) came together to support our community.

We set the original funding goal of $7500 after speaking with last year's head veep and seeing the numbers for alt-Roast. We had no expectations of how fundraising will go, and I just hoped to match what we were able to do last year to make sure the tradition of Roast continues.

Since we exceeded our goal in just two weeks, and since donations are still coming in, let's set our sights on higher ambitions! More money will go to paying for bands and sponsoring art. According to our current budget breakdown, we only have $1000 for bands and $300 for art. I believe we can do better!

I went ahead and increased the goal to 10K. Let's see how it goes. In the case that we have money left over, it will be saved for future years. A few of us are in the process of setting up non-profit corporation for our community. This "Haus Corp" will have a bank account that can carry through year after year for future Roasts.  

Once again, thank you for your generosity and support.

Sport death forever,


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