On Nov. 22, the dynamic Drexel Smart House (DSH) hosts The Smart Affair, an evening of fundraising for the award-winning student-led experiment in sustainable urban living innovations, and Grid readers get in for half price.
The evening will begin with a presentation of the seven-year-old DSH’s most recent progress, keeping past financial supporters up to speed on new projects and informing potential donors of the ever-widening scope of future interdisciplinary research. Current and former Smart House presidents and co-directors — as well as a representative of the house’s former occupants (the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity) — will speak about the past, present, and future of smart initiatives implemented on the property.
More than just a fundraising event, “the Smart Affair aims to connect students with like-minded community members and industry professionals,” says Farrah Goldsmith, a Drexel senior and student co-host for the evening. Following the information session, students and other guests can network while enjoying a three-hour cocktail reception. Drexel a cappella groups will provide entertainment, and a photo booth sponsored by LinkedIn lets guests “capture the evening.” Proceeds from a raffle will benefit the DSH. The event will be hosted in Drexel’s Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, a LEED Gold certified building boasting the largest living biowall (75 feet) on the continent.
The DSH has also graciously offered a 50 percent discount on tickets to Grid readers. Enter the promo code "GRID" on the event’s ticketing page to purchase a general admission ticket for $23.34 or a student ticket for $9.05. No paper tickets will be issued in accordance with DSH’s goal of creating an overall sustainable event. Cocktail attire is requested.
The Smart Affair presented by Drexel University, Fri., Nov. 22, 6 – 9 p.m., Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, 33rd & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104. For more information about the DSH and the Smart Affair, visit drexelsmarthouse.com.
Danielle Wayda is an editorial intern at Grid and a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College.