Congratulations to the new Exec Team for the 2016 Big Event! We are all excited to make our 15th annual Big Event bigger and better on April 11, 2016!

Stop by our booth at Gobblerfest on September 4 for awesome giveaways and be on the lookout for committee applications; they should be posted in late October.

Co-Directors: Steven Vanderloo and Rahul Kulkarni
Assistant Director: Ellie Helton
Co-Directors of Communications: David Bohn and Mary D’Amico
Co-Directors of Fundraising: Kelley Florence, Matt Wyckoff and Rachel Myers
Director of Logistics: Sam McCain
Co-Directors of Programming: Kelly Olliges and Taylor Hall
Co-Directors of Project Evaluations: Tobias Barth and Karen Blair
Co-Directors of Projects: Craig McKenzie and Monica Ricci
Co-Directors of Student Outreach: Tristen Asrejadid, John Tedesco and Brock Wolf
Director of Technology: Natalie Beden
Co-Directors of Visual Communications: Katherine Fairbanks and Robbie Ashton
TBE TBD: Abbey Brainard

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

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 or Relay for Life at

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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