Friday, September 27th
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Carmichael Gym Basketball Courts
This event is a part of Parents & Families Weekend.
Tickets will be available for purchase through Ticket Central beginning Tuesday, September 3rd.
$10 - Students
$15 - Faculty/Staff/General Public
Ticket Central is located in Thompson Hall ( building number 105 on this campus map)
What is the Chocolate Festival?
Chocolate... Chocolate cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, chocolate flowing from fountains - the NC State Chocolate Festival is that and so much more! In addition to all the chocolate, the silent auction, the fun and games, the Chocolate Festival is about breast cancer. Breast cancer shows no discrimination– all ages, all genders, all races and ethnicities – everyone can get breast cancer.
Since our first Chocolate Festival in 2003, the NC State community has been touched by this disease many times over, including Jenny Chang, who was an NC State alumna and former student body president. Jenny lost her battle at the young age of 28.
Coach, Kay Yow, lost her battle with this disease. For us, the Chocolate Festival is a great way to honor those we’ve lost and those who have survived, as well as raise funds to help in the quest to find a cure.
How your ticket works
Anyone is allowed to attend the Chocolate Festival, however, a ticket must be purchased in order to receive chocolate samples. Purchasing a ticket includes 6 samples from a variety of chocolate vendors. Tables will have either pink or white tablecloths. Each ticket allows the participant 3 samples from tables with pink tablecloths and 3 samples from tables with white tablecloths -- a total of 6 samples. When you receive your sample, your ticket will be punched for the appropriate color. Complete an evaluation and receive an additional sample (given at evaluation table.) Note that dipping 3 items in the fountain counts as one sample.
Some vendors will have additional items available for purchase.
The Chocolate Festival was originally envisioned as a way to raise funds for our programs and events. However, before we held the first Chocolate Festival, two significant events changed its course. First, Komen on the Go asked the Women’s Center to sponsor their first campus tour. We did, and we were touched by the number of students, staff, and faculty who had been affected in some way by breast cancer. The second event was meeting Jenny Chang. Jenny was a former student at NC State and one of the first female student body presidents. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24. She was on campus to talk with young women about how breast cancer can affect anyone, not just those in their 50s and beyond. When we met her for the first time, she was undergoing some experimental treatments as conventional ones weren’t working. Jenny lost her battle with cancer.
With those two events, the Chocolate Festival became a way to educate our campus community about breast cancer.