We would like to give a HUGE thank you to Stephen Edelmann for flying a drone around the drillfield on the day-of The Big Event and recording this awesome video. Take a look:

The Big Event has partnered with The Student Government Association and Virginia Tech Dining Services to have an on-campus Dining Hall open for students participating in The Big Event. The following Dining Halls will have earlier hours on Saturday, April 11th for The Big Event:


Deets Place: Opening at 7:30am

DX: Opening at 7:00am

Owens Food Court: Opening at 7:00am

Relay For Life and The Big Event at Virginia Tech are partnering next week, March 16-19, to bring awareness to the university motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

The effort launches with Ut Prosim Spirit Day on Monday during which Hokies are encouraged to wear shirts supporting their favorite service organizations on campus.

Students will be on the Drillfield Tuesday asking their peers, “What does Ut Prosim mean to you?” Responses, written on large whiteboards, will be posted on The Big Event and Relay For Life’s social media with the hashtag #ThatIMayServe.

On Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Benny Marzano’s restaurant will share a portion of profits with Relay For Life and The Big Event.

The east side of the Drillfield will be taken over from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday by campus service organizations promoting their philanthropies and educating students on all the opportunities to serve. If your organization would like to participate, email fundraising@vtbigevent.org.

The awareness campaign culminates with Tech Factor, a talent show featuring a variety of student performance groups. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Graduate Life Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door and at other Ut Prosimevents throughout the week.

Be sure to follow The Big Event, Relay for Life, and the Ut Prosim week event on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on fundraising efforts.

The Big Event will take place on Saturday, April 11. Sign-ups for volunteers and for job requests are available at their website and close on April 1.

Relay For Life at Virginia Tech will take place on Friday, April 24. Registration and opportunities to donate can be found on their website.

For more information, contact The Big Event at bigevent@vt.edu or Relay for Life at vtrelay.director@gmail.com.

The Big Event Executive Team would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous sponsorship of The 2015 Big Event. Without these sponsors, we would not be able to complete over 30,000 service hours in just one day throughout the New River Valley.

Our sponsors allow 8,500+ students to complete 1,000 projects, impacting thousands of residents across Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley every year. Specifically, the money goes to pay for our tools, the storage units that they are stored in and the volunteer t-shirt, which helps to advertise the Big Event across town.

Are you interested in donating?
There is still time before April 11 – simply contact our Fundraising Team or donate directly online using GoFundMe.


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On January 30, four members of our executive committee trekked 1,171 miles from Blacksburg to College Station, Texas where they participated in the One Big Day Conference at Texas A&M University. This annual conference provides an opportunity for schools to come together and discuss how each of their Big Events operate and brainstorm with each other about new ideas on how to improve their “One Big Day.” Not only did VT Big Event get to meet with directors from University of Oklahoma, Towson University, Texas State and more, we were also given the opportunity to present our Big Event process to the entire conference – we even taught them to gobble like a Hokie!

On Day 2, Austin Moon (Co-Director), Steven Vanderloo (Assistant Director), Ellie Helton (Director of Project Evaluation) and Mary D’Amico (Director of Public Relations) separately attended small round tables about topics ranging from Fundraising to Recruitment to Technology and more. We learned about new ways to set up on the day of The Big Event to decrease the size of the line on the Drillfield and allow volunteers to get to their projects quicker. In addition, learned about new ways to attract students through incentive programs. Our wonderful hosts also gave us a taste of Texas culture with real BBQ and line-dancing.

We appreciate Texas A&M for their hospitality and we can’t wait to return for One Big Day Conference 2016!