Carolina Clubs' Carrier Classic Events Garner National Award

Service projects by the GAA’s Carolina Clubs to support military families last Veterans Day in conjunction with the Carrier Classic basketball game have received national recognition.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education awarded the GAA a Gold Award in the category of individual special events, picked from among 69 entries in that category of its 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards.

On Nov. 11, the UNC men’s basketball team played Michigan State in the first college basketball game aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, in San Diego, attended by President Barack Obama. As part of annual Tar Heel Service Days, alumni clubs across the nation held game-viewing parties and sponsored efforts to support members of the military, veterans and their families. More than 3,100 alumni and fans contributed more than $14,500, donated more than 11,000 items, packed more than 250 care packages and wrote more than 350 notes and postcards for veterans and military support groups.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. This year, 567 higher education institutions, independent schools and nonprofits worldwide submitted more than 2,800 entries in 40 categories for consideration in the Circle of Excellence awards program.

“The winners of these CASE awards are truly demonstrating best practices and linking their work to institutional goals,” says Brian Flahaven, director of legislative, foundation and recognition programs. “Every tactic — whether it involves organizing an event, reaching out to an alumni club, approaching a donor, developing a software program or creating a website — is tied to the achievement of a larger goal. In short, our winner(s) are being strategic.”

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