December 07, 2012
Student Singers, Dancers Give It Their All at Family Fund Feast
Talented Carolina singers and dancers provided the entertainment—and plenty of enthusiasm—during The Family Fund’s Carolina Family Feast held Dec. 6 in the Russell House Ballroom.
The Family Fund
, Carolina’s annual faculty-staff campaign allowing employees to become more engaged in their professional roles, has raised $44 million over its 38 years in existence. Featured were student performances from the ever-popular Carolina Girls
dancers; The Carolina Ballroom Club
performing The Tango, Cha-Cha, and Salsa Rueda; The Cocktails
, a USC female a cappella group; and members from The Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
“It is amazing to see our Carolina family join together again for this year’s annual celebration event,” said Brandon Cochran
, assistant director of the Office of Annual Giving. “From tapping their feet to the beat of the music to joining in with the Carolina spirit songs, I sense that everyone had a wonderful time. I also believe the students had a wonderful time showcasing their talents.”
Emcee Jack Wilson
of University Athletics, a 35-year employee, offered that he “was around when the Family Fund was born” in its present name during the early 1980s. Within the past fiscal year alone, The Family Fund has raised $3.8 million.
“Faculty and staff like you make a difference every day,” Wilson said. Building on those sentiments was University President Harris Pastides
, who noted that The Family Fund has helped the $1 billion Carolina’s Promise Capital Campaign which has raised more than $622 million to date.
“We value your support. Your participation is not about the amount; you give what you can whatever that amount is,” said Pastides, who with wife Patricia Moore-Pastide
s, wished everyone a joyous holiday season.
The main goal of The Family Fund is participation. Even $1 per pay period makes a difference. Faculty and staff choose from among thousands of funds that strengthen Carolina by enhancing campuses, student opportunities, programs, and initiatives.
“It was delightful to hear a little history behind the Family Fund, as well as share just how important the Family Fund is,” Cochran said. “Thank you to all faculty and staff for helping make an impact at Carolina.”
–Larry Di Giovanni, Development Communications