Using All-Nighter to raise funds, spirits: Michigan Tech’s Army ROTC offered good food while raising awareness on campus

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette Guardians of the UP members, Emily Passmore, Ally Noles, George Rushlau, Eric Tracy, Anthony Vang and Nick Gagalis prepare the food for the pancake all-nighter at Fisher Hall on Wednesday evening.

HOUGHTON — What better way to kick off Winter Carnival than to raise money for good causes?

Michigan Technological University’s Air Force ROTC cadets raised money for Guardians of the UP at the All-Nighter Pancakes fundraiser from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The annual fundraiser has been going for over twenty years. It featured all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages for $5.

The proceeds went to supporting the cadets in leadership opportunities, advancing their academic and military careers, while also going toward the efforts that the organizations make to better the community.

“It’s not only important for our student organization, Guardians of the North, but it’s important to help out the local community,” said Cadet Max Heidacker.

Heidacker, who is a third-year computer engineering student, was the main organizer for the event this year.

He said they usually serve around 2,000 people, including those who come back throughout the night. They could make an upward of $2,000.

Heidacker stressed the importance of the money to the community projects. It goes to many events that they hold, like the military ball, and helping other organizations.

Once a year, they choose one large organization to fundraise for and this year they will be raising money to raise awareness for, and to help those, affected by human trafficking.

“We do anything we can to help within the community,” said Heidacker.

Cadet Emily Passmore said this was her second year being involved with the event. Last year she was the main organizer.

“It was a lot (of work) but it was a really good time,” said Passmore. “You get to see a lot of members of the campus and that’s fun.”

Passmore is proud of the organization and how close it helps them become.

“I love the sense of community that we have,” she said. “We really become a family together after four years together. It’s a really good time. I enjoy it.”

Jared Thiele, another cadet, agreed. He loves the atmosphere and statues that are produced during the carnival.

“It’s a great event,” said Thiele. “We’re able to fundraise and help out all of the people who need food during winter carnival.”