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NC State University’s sweetest tradition, the Chocolate Festival, will be held in Talley Student Union. Hosted by the NC State Women’s Center, the Chocolate Festival incorporates one of America’s sweetest treats in an event that supports and educates about breast cancer. You will be able to sample a variety of different chocolate items from vendors around Wake County. There will be games to play, items to bid on and an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer awareness.

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 a young NC State alumna and former student body president, and Coach, Kay Yow, who 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.

NC State Chocolate Festival
Friday, September 15, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Talley Student Union, State Ballroom






Tickets are limited and are based on the number of chocolate samples that we receive. We try our best to have tickets available at the door. However, tickets often sell out in advance. Plan ahead to make sure you can be a part of this great event!

Online ticket sales will close at 5pm on Thursday, September 14th. Tickets then become available at the door (if not sold out) and the price will increase by $5 each ticket. If you purchase tickets online and are unable to pick them up before the event, they will be available at Will Call the night of the Chocolate Festival. Each ticket will allow the attendee six samples. You will be provided with a box in case you can’t eat all six samples. Examples of the six samples can include a thin slice of cake, a mini cupcake, a cookie, two items dipped in the chocolate fountain, etc.

A portion of the proceeds from the Chocolate Festival will go to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Be sure to visit their table during the Chocolate Festival to learn more about the wonderful things that are being done in the memory of our beloved coach, Kay Yow.

Student Tickets
$10 Advance/$15 At the Door

General Public, Parent, Faculty/Staff Ticket
$15 Advance/$20 At the Door

Online Ticket Purchasing: Closed

Tickets for the Chocolate Festival can be purchased at the door beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event. A limited number of tickets will be available.

Featured Vendors
Featured Vendors – the following vendors will be hosting trunk shows during the Chocolate Festival.  20% of their profits from the Chocolate Festival will go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support breast cancer research.

Kendra Scott is a lifestyle brand of big dreams, colorful confidence, and inspired design; with over 70 stores across the country and a   presence at premier retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales. The products incorporate the use of natural gemstones, and are known for the unique use of color and quality materials. The timeless pieces have won over loyal fans, media, and celebrities alike. Originally founded on the mantra “Family, Fashion, and Philanthropy”, the brand continues to hold philanthropy as one of their core values.  Last year alone they raised over $3.5 million for local charities through their Kendra Gives Back initiative. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, abiding by the mantra “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”

Compassionate Entrepreneur Ruth Burk will have Trades of Hope products available for purchase. Trades of Hope was founded in 2010 by two women and their daughters to empower women across the globe out of poverty through sustainable business opportunities.  Compassionate Entrepreneurs share artisan stories and sell their beautiful handcrafted, Fair Trade products (including jewelry, scarves, bags and home decor items).  You can learn more about Ruth’s Compassionate Entrepreneur business with Trades of Hope on her blog at  You can also preview and shop products online at

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please feel free to roam about and continue to bid throughout the event. Bids will close at 7:15 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. We will contact you the next week to claim your prize if you are not present.


The silent auction is just one aspect of the Chocolate Festival, but it is as important as the chocolate itself.  We raise over $3,000 alone in silent auction bids during the Chocolate Festival. However, it would not be possible without donations.  Up to 50% of the profit goes to Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the remaining goes to Women’s Center programming. Your donation would be greatly appreciated!  With over 1,000 attendees, your company will get some great publicity to potential patrons.

You can find out more about the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and Women’s Center .

Submit your Donation Information

We will needs LOTS of help to make this the best festival ever — which means we need you! Please invite your friends and/or familymembers (this event is a part of Parents & Families Weekend) and consider joining us for a couple hours prior to, during or after the Festival! As an added bonus, volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and are eligible to receive 1 reduced price ticket ($5) upon timely shift check in.

Join in the fun and support finding the cure! With your help, we will make this a wonderful event for all those who attend and for the generous vendors who supply the chocolate. Please look over the times and descriptions for which we need volunteers and sign up for the times you are available.
Sign up here!

Volunteer Needs
  1. people oriented (enjoy greeting and giving directions). Example position:  Greeting Area
  2. task oriented (accuracy is important to you). Example position: Decor/Set-up
  3. able to do physical activity (carry 10-20 lbs, walk across campus transporting items). Example: Pre-setup
  4. people and task – able to able to follow and enforce directions & provide crowd control (not intimidated by assertive people). Examples: volunteer table, vendor assistance
  5. own/able to drive a car to pick up donated goods on day of event. Example: Chocolate Errands in local area

Week of the event – minimum 2 hour commitment, please note days and times when staff are available (Monday-Thursday, 9-12 or 2-5pm).

Thursday, 9/14
2 hour block  (min.) between 9am and noon
2 hour block (min.) between 2 and 5pm

Friday 9/15

Volunteers will be invited to the Women’s Center the week after the Chocolate Festival to receive their chocolate and a gift for volunteering. Specifically, volunteers who select the 5-8pm time slot on Friday will not be given pre-made boxes or tickets.Save




Vendors provide:

  • Minimum of 300 samples
  • Serving utensils and/or utensils the customer will need
  • Displays for your samples
  • Business cards, pamphlets, coupons

Chocolate Festival provides:

  • Table and table cloth
  • Assistance loading and unloading
  • Volunteers to help serve
  • Free advertising

Benefits – Why you should attend:

  • Supporting a great cause – Breast Cancer Research
  • A portion of the proceeds benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
  • Showcase your business to over 1,000 attendees

Reserve a Table Now!

Educational Vendors

The Chocolate Festival isn’t just about chocolate. It’s also about breast cancer. The Festival will provide attendees with information concerning the prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer with the help of several Raleigh resources. We would love for your organization to be a part of the Chocolate Festival to help us educate the community about breast cancer.

Your participation would be greatly appreciated!  With over 1,000 attendees, your organization will get some great publicity.

Sign up for an Educational Table

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kimberly Zugay by phone at (919) 515-2012 or by email at Thank you in advance. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Parking and Directions
Parking will be available in the Coliseum Parking Deck. This is the parking deck closest to Talley Student Union.  It may take you time to actually find a space so that is why we are encouraging vendors to arrive no later than 4:00 p.m.  Note that parking on campus is often difficult and construction at the Reynolds Coliseum is making it even more so this year.

Parking Permit

As noted above, the closest parking to Talley Student Union is the Coliseum Parking Deck. Parking in the deck will be open after 1:00pm for visitors attending Parents & Families Weekend events.  No parking permit will be necessary.


The Coliseum Parking Deck is located at 201 Jeter Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695. You can access the deck from Jeter Drive or Jensen Drive.  DO NOT enter the deck from Dunn Avenue as this is the pay lot.  From Hillsborough Street (do NOT take Dan Allen Drive as there is a gate at the railroad tracks), take Pullen Road to the railroad bridge over the tracks and turn right onto Dunn Ave.  From Western Blvd, take Pullen Road to just before the railroad tracks and turn left onto Dunn Ave. Jeter Drive and Jensen Drive both intersect with Dunn Ave.

From the Coliseum Deck to Talley Student Union

Exit the parking deck on the southside, Cates Avenue side. You want to be walking on the Reynolds Coliseum side. When you get to the traffic light, Talley Student Union will be on your right.  The Chocolate Festival will be on the 3rd Floor. Follow the pink and brown balloons.

We would like to provide the opportunity for community members to share their stories of hope, survival, and empowerment with NC State campus community. Stories can be about you or someone you know. We encourage stories from any age and that address any stage or aspect of the healing process. The stories can be funny, sad, emotional, compassionate, joyful- all emotions are welcome.. If you have a story of empowerment, survival and hope that you would like to add to the Chocolate Festival this year, we encourage you to consider submission.

Stories of Hope

Please submit your story of hope, survival and/or empowerment to be displayed during the
Chocolate Festival and on our website.