© Submitted photo
A man who says he loves money is going to help get a little bit of it for Holland College students in need.
Kevin O’Leary, one of the investors on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, is speaking at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Wednesday night as a fundraiser for the Holland College Student Union Financial Assistance Fund.
Josh Vessey, events and activities co-ordinator at the college, said the school was originally thinking of starting a speakers’ series but decided against it for this year.
The inquiries for the series did lead to the college making a connection with O’Leary’s representation, he said.
“They said that he was available and we thought, you know, that’s an awesome character to come in and speak to our students.”
During O’Leary’s talk, he plans to discuss some of the TV shows he’s a part of, including Dragons’ Den and the Lang and O’Leary Exchange. O’Leary will also be talking about the economy and entrepreneurship.
All proceeds from the event go to the student union’s financial assistance fund, which provides help for students who need a little extra money to get by during the school year.
Vessey said the student union sets aside a portion of the fees it collects so it can put money into the fund, but a lot of students have had to use it this year.
“We’re pretty much tapped out right now,” he said.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $65, although several packages are also available and include admission for one or two Holland College students, depending on the package.
Tickets can be purchased at the Confederation Centre box office or at www.confederationcentre.com.