The Women’s Center will host the 16th Annual NC State Chocolate Festival for Breast Cancer Research on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union’s State Ballroom. The festival is many things at once: a fundraiser, an educational event, a chocolate extravaganza, a silent auction and fun.
The festival raises funds for both the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Women’s Center, bringing in thousands annually for these causes. At the same time, it provides educational resources about breast cancer free of charge for the campus community. Numerous premier chocolate vendors from the local community donate products for the chocolate booths, and many individuals and campus organizations donate goods and services for the silent auction. Faculty, staff and visitors to campus attend the festival, which coincides with NC State’s Parents and Families Weekend.
Ticket holders receive a pink box and six chocolate samples of their choosing from a large array of vendor booths and tables. Additional tables provide information about breast cancer and related issues. Face painting and games round out the activities.
Janine Kossen, associate director of the Women’s Center, states, “Chocolate Festival is a time-honored tradition at NC State. Over the past fifteen years, participants have raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of breast cancer awareness, leading to important research and prevention efforts that reach well beyond our campus community. This signature event highlights the Wolfpack’s commitment to acknowledging, celebrating and promoting gender equity and social justice through education, advocacy, support and service.”
Besides purchasing tickets for yourself and your friends and family, you may want to volunteer to help with the event. If you are a local business specializing in sweets, you may wish to donate time and/or products for a great cause.
Please see the Chocolate Festival website for tickets, or to volunteer or donate. Tickets usually sell out, so get yours today.
Contact the Women’s Center for more information.
K. Stone is a program assistant in the Women’s Center.