By Jaylin Kimble, Communications Committee

It’s that time of year again folks! The time for gratitude, hospitality and thanks – three things The Big Event represents. This Thanksgiving, there is a lot to be thankful for: family and friends or all the delicious food we’ll be sitting down to eat tonight. While there aren’t enough words to say “thank you,” we thought there was no better time than today to express our gratitude to everyone who helps us to put on The Big Event. 

1. Our Staff

We are thankful for everyone who makes up our amazing staff. We are thankful for our incredible co-directors who lead us to putting together a successful Big Event. We are thankful for each of our execs who ensure each aspect of The Big Event runs smoothly and efficiently. We are thankful for our wonderful committee members who do their part to ensure the success of The Big Event. And we are thankful for our operations team members, without whom we wouldn’t be able to be what it is today.

2. Our Volunteers

We are thankful for our fantastic volunteers; without them, our Big Event wouldn’t have as much impact on the community. We are thankful that you donate your time and effort because you believe in what The Big Event stands for. We appreciate the commitment that you show in The Big Event by volunteering from your freshman year to your senior year. Thank you for helping us to create a positive impact on our community! 

3. Our Homeowners

We are thankful for each and every one of our homeowners. We are thankful for those who have participated since the beginning and for those who are new to our growing community. Thank you for your generosity, compassion and for the hospitality and gratitude you show our volunteers for their service. We recognize your amazing support and commitment you have shown our organization throughout the years.

4. Our Sponsors

We are thankful for the incredible support and generosity from all of our sponsors. You help to make The Big Event a success and we are extremely grateful for that. The Big Event is made possible by your contributions and for that we want to show our gratitude.

5. Our School

We are very thankful for our school for their continued support and generosity. We not only appreciate everything you have done for us as an organization, but we also appreciate everything you have done for us as Hokies. We thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to help us make The Big Event a huge success and how we are able to live out our incredible motto of Ut Prosim. 

In his blog post, “Instead of Just Being Grateful, Try This on Thanksgiving,” Adam Grant writes, “Gratitude is a temporary emotion. Giving is a lasting value.” We are beyond grateful for everyone who contributes to the success of The Big Event. We are especially grateful to those who give back to our community in the form of service and are grateful you use The Big Event to do that. So this Thanksgiving, while you are visiting with family and eating good food, we ask that you think about five things in your life that you are thankful for and reflect on the impact of your service through The Big Event.

Saturday, November 16th our staff had the chance to participate in projects to grow closer as a team, serve the community during a time that is all about saying thank you, and be able to experience first-hand how our mission impacts the Blacksburg and Christiansburg area. Here is what members of our Communications Committee had to say about it;

Nicky Hatch, Communications Committee Member

Participating in my first activity corresponding to The Big Event at Virginia Tech, everyone was incredibly welcoming and warm-hearted. Taking part in a community effort to assist homeowners around the Blacksburg area, I felt as though I was making a real difference in their lives; this inadvertently provided me with a sense of satisfaction and self-actualization.  As one who loves to communicate and collaborate, The Little Event provided a small glimpse of how beneficial this effort really is and how great a cause The Big Event. 

Justin Larkin, Communications Executive

Participating in The Little Event gave our staff members an opportunity to be a volunteer and help out some of the members of our community.  Having been a volunteer on the day of The Big Event, I knew for those that hadn’t experienced it yet, they would see the true impact we have on the community.  As soon as my car pulled into the homeowner’s driveway my three group members and I knew she was thrilled to see us. Before we even started working she explained how much it meant to her that we were there to help her do tasks she otherwise would not be able to herself.  What would have felt like a long day of taxing yard-work any other day flew by, leaving us wishing we had more time to help; looking at the yard behind us after pulling up dead plants and weeds for hours, we knew we had accomplished a huge task, and one that meant a lot to our homeowner.  It’s day like this, and the day of The Big Event, that make me proud to serve as an Executive staff member, as well as a member of this big team working towards that One Big Day.

Heather Trobridge, Communications Executive

I’m not a big crier; not for sad movies, not for sad shows, I’m typically one to keep my emotions in check and keep myself pulled together for things that could get emotional. My first time ever participating on the other side of The Big Event got me good though. As a freshman, I participated as an Operations Team member and for the last two years I’ve had the honor of serving our community as one of our Executives of Communication which means that I’ve never had the opportunity to actually complete a project until this past weekend. Being able to see the effects of what we work towards for 364 days each year first-hand while interacting with our homeowner and hearing how much we truly meant to her has only made me love what we do more. 

I’m grateful to have spent a Saturday working out in her yard and cleaning up around her home for her, while our team made deeper connections and learned that this world really is a small one—this sense of community that The Big Event provides students and New River Valley residents is one that we are truly lucky to have. It’s more than just serving your community; it’s creating connections and an impact on the lives of others. I’m not ashamed to admit that talking to her about The Big Event and how it’s impacted her life made me tear up a lot a bit.

I’m thankful for this organization, the people we meet and the opportunities we provide for students and residents to grow a connection. While I’ll be in our Headquarters on the day of this year, I hope that you can find this sense meaning and truly feel what this organization is all about.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Big Event will be hosting a profit sharing event from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on November 19th at PK’s Bar & Grill, located on North Main Street. Come out and support one of Virginia Tech’s largest community-wide service events by grabbing any of the delicious options that PK’s has to offer; whether it be their signature Roni Rolls (pizza rolls filled with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese), their Tuesday night special footlong subs or any of their many entree options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! What better way to support both local business and the local community by coming out to PK’s Tuesday night? We’ll be waiting to see you there!

ATTENTION Virginia Tech Hokies! Do you have a passion for service and are you looking for a great way to give back to your community? Then look no further than serving on the 2019-2020 Big Event Staff!

We are the second largest Big Event in the nation and looking for dedicated students who would like to further demonstrate our school’s motto, Ut Prosim. We could not make this event happen without your help and we are thankful for your interest!

In order to successfully apply please follow all directions in the application carefully and answer all questions completely.

If you would like to learn more about The Big Event, or the application process, please attend one of our Interest Meetings. These will be held Wednesday October 2nd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Torg 1060 and Thursday October 10th from 8:30-9:30 p.m. in Torg 1060.

If you have any questions about the application or about The Big Event, please feel free to email us at and we will help you as soon as we can. This application is due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday October 11th.

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Come enjoy delicious calzones at D.P. Dough with The Big Event this Tuesday, March 5 from 6pm-10pm! The Big Event will get 20% of the profits, and the percentage will increase as more people come in. With YOUR help, WE can help out residents all around Blacksburg and Christiansburg. See you there on Tuesday!