Hokies United to host “Hokie Community Appreciation Night”by Tricia Sangalang
News Staff Writer
May 1, 2007
After a fortnight of heartbreak, Virginia Tech's students have decided to take an evening to toast the good people of Blacksburg who have offered an outpouring of support and kindness to a grieving university.
“Hokie Community Appreciation Night” will feature free ice cream and entertainment from various music and step groups. Sponsored by Hokies United, the event will take place Wednesday May 2 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on the Drillfield.
“It's important to have the night so that we, as the Virginia Tech community, can show the greater Blacksburg community how much we appreciate their support,” said Martha Perry, co-music director for Mixed Emotions.
“Having groups perform is beneficial because it will remind the community that Virginia Tech is still a place where they can come to relax and enjoy themselves.”
Mixed Emotions plans to perform two or three upbeat songs.
In addition, Juxtaposition will perform. Other entrainment includes Bill Roth, “the voice of the Hokies;” the Marching Virginians; and step from Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi and Iota Phi Theta.
“Come enjoy one last event together with the entire Hokie Community,” the Hokies United website said in offering the invitation.
Ben and Jerry’s and Cold Stone Creamery will provide free ice cream.
“We opened our location two-and-a-half years ago with a goal to get involved with organizations in the community,” said Alan Sherman, co-owner of Ben and Jerry’s. “We are a community and we should be there to help each other... even the smallest (gesture) may mean something large to someone else.”
Sherman said there will be a variety of flavors available, including Apple Pie, Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Dublin Mudslide.
Jake Lambert, shift leader for Cold Stone Creamery, noted that many of the store’s staff are Tech students; he said participating in the event was important not only since it is a popular business location in the county, but also to show support for many of his staff.
“I think it’s important for the business to show support for the community,” Lambert said. “Ice cream is a comfort food for many. People can socialize around it and spend time with their friends.”
Cold Stone Creamery will offer many of its original flavors, including Birthday Cake Remix, Cheesecake Fantasy, Cookie Doughn't You Want Some and Chocolate Devotion.
The event is a “time to recognize and thank the community for its continuing strength and resilience,” said an e-mail from member Sumeet Bagai.
For further information, go to the Hokies United website at http://www.hokiesunited.org.vt.edu/.