Victoria Trocino
Senior public relations student Victoria Trocino (Photo courtesy of LinkedIn)

by Brittany Ambrosino

Every year during the spring semester, public relations students at Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) are required to plan and execute an event that showcases their abilities and benefits a charity of their choice. Seniors spend their fall semester doing research and planning their particular event, then spending their spring semester executing it.

Senior Victoria Trocino is gearing up for her event on Thur., March 26 and Mount Messenger received the opportunity to interview her to get some information on what her event is all about.


Mount Messenger: “What is your senior project about?”

Victoria Trocino: “My project is a craft fair/trade show that will be held in the Hudson Auditorium on Thur.March 26. The event will showcase local crafters and vendors. Admission is free, but be sure to bring cash as there will be plenty of things you will want to buy! Vendors will be selling hand-crafted jewelry, home decor, skincare, soap, lotion, henna tattoos, and tarot card readings. Raffle prizes include over $500 in free movie tickets, gift cards to local eateries, lottery tickets, hand-crafted items, and raffle baskets from Adams Fairacre Farms, Paul Mitchell, Hudson Valley Skincare, and many more. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association through a charity called Hilarity for Charity.


MM: “Did anyone in particular influence you in choosing to do this as your event?”

VT: “Four years ago, my grandma, Omi, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative disease that destroys the brain’s memory and thinking skills. As a girl, Omi fled Germany from the Nazis, knew six different languages, and came to the U.S. with only the clothes on her back and the money in her pockets. Growing up, my Omi was my best friend. She was there to watch me get off the school bus in the morning, and she was there when I got home in the afternoon. Omi’s disease has progressed to the point where she can’t remember any of this.”


MM: “What went into planning the event?”

VT: “I learned of the Hilarity for Charity fund while scrolling down Facebook. I came across an article about actor and comedian Seth Rogen and how he started a charity fund to benefit Alzheimer’s research. Rogen was challenging college students to plan an event through Hilarity for Charity and raise money for a great cause. As a reward, the college that raises the most money wins tons of amazing things, including a live commentary screening with Seth Rogen of his movie Superbad.”

“My fundraiser is currently in 5th place out of over 50 college teams across the U.S. I’ve surpassed my original fundraising goal of $1,000 by over half!”


MM: “Where can students find more information about your event?”

VT: “For those who want more information on my event, I’ve created a Facebook event page where I’ll be posting frequently in the coming weeks:”


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Make sure to mark your calendars for Victoria’s event, you won’t want to miss it!