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Posted on April 23, 2014

The Big Event
8 a.m-1 p.m. April 27
California Borough and West Brownsville Borough 

Cal U students will give back to the community during The Big Event, starting at 8 a.m. April 27. 

The Big Event began at Texas A&M University in 1982, when student leaders saw a need to give back to the community that had long supported their university.

Cal U’s Student Government Association and the Center for Civic Engagement have been teaming up since 2007 to lead students in their quest to lend a helping hand around California Borough. 

The Big Event will take place at more than 20 sites, including California Public Library, Rotary Park, the California Historical Society headquarters and the United Methodist Church.

Volunteers also will perform a variety of tasks for local residents including window washing, painting and general yard work.

Nearly 350 student volunteers from more than 30 organizations have registered to participate in this year’s event.

Support requested

During this year’s event, students will be asking area residents to support the Garrick Lackey Memorial Scholarship.

All residents who donate to the scholarship fund will receive a green ribbon yard sign and an invitation to attend an April 28 bench dedication ceremony for the former Cal U student who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in November. 

To donate to the scholarship or for more information about The Big Event, contact Cal U Student Government President Chelsea Getsy at