By Emily Duval
The Samford Black Alumni Association (SBAA) will present its first major fundraising event Oct. 2 at Birmingham’s WorkPlay.
The 7 p.m. Pass the Chalk Party will raise funds to directly benefit Birmingham education organizations and Samford’s minority assistance scholarships. The evening will feature live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres, and will highlight three organizations impacting education in Birmingham.
Tickets are $35 or $25 for students. The first 100 persons to register also get the discounted $25 price.
Samford has partnered with Growing Kings, Birmingham Education Foundation and Tap Inc. These organizations are focused on mentoring students and making sure every individual realizes his or her academic potential. The proceeds will be split between these three organizations and Samford minority scholarships, according to Lauren McCaghren, Samford’s senior director of alumni programs and annual giving.
“This is not just a Samford event, this is a community event. It will be a fun night, where great connections can be made,” McCaghren said.
Live music will be performed by Just A Few Cats, a funk and jazz band. Alvin Garrett, a 2000 Samford alumnus, is a member of the band. Ruben Studdard was with the band before he won American Idol but has since collaborated with band.
Pass the Chalk Party is still accepting sponsors and donations for the Oct. 2 event.
Emily Duval is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.