Sankofa will host the Ko ko W’anim Charity Ball on Saturday, April 2. The annual ball, a tradition that has been carried on for more than 12 years by the Black Student Union, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room.
Each year, members of the Sankofa board work together to create a unique and vibrant program to celebrate the year-long efforts of the organization, as well as raise money for a charity decided on by the Sankofa board. This year, proceeds from the ball will help fund two scholarships; one for a Geneva High School student, and the other for a student attending Finger Lakes Community College.
“The ball marks a culmination of the year’s events for Sankofa, and our community outreach in particular,” remarks Brian Burbank ’11, co-president of Sankofa. “The best thing about the event is that it really brings together the Colleges and the local community.”
Dr. Calvin Mackie, a partner at Golden Leaf Energy, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. Despite struggles in his early life, Mackie overcame hardship and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree, master’s and Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, and served as managing partner at Channel ZerO Group, LLC, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane University and a member of the Louisiana Recovery Act.
Students will also contribute to the ball’s rich program, with four student performances -including song and poetry – on the evening’s bill. There will also be a silent auction and professional photography, as well as, of course, good food and good music.
Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for staff, $15 for faculty and are on sale in the College Store or in Scandling Campus Center during lunch and dinner hours.