Prior to the concert, ticket holders and members of the general public attended a free tailgate party in the Kent State University Fieldhouse. Attendees enjoyed food sampling and sales from local vendors, wine sampling from four local wineries, live musical performances, corn hole games, giveaways and music provided by 98.1 WKDD. Student and community organizations also were represented at the pre-concert event.
A portion of ticket sales from the Centennial Campaign Concert go directly to support Kent Stateâ€™s Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund, the universityâ€™s student philanthropy initiative, kicking off the next round of fundraising for student scholarships. The Campaign for Change enlists student volunteers to educate their peers about the impact of private support on their education and to encourage students to â€œpay it forwardâ€ supporting an endowed scholarship fund. Since its launch in 2007, the Campaign for Change has raised more than $65,000 from students, parents, faculty and staff. Student gifts range from as little as $1 to as large as $200. In 2009, the fund reached the $25,000 threshold required to endow it, meaning Kent State students have left a legacy that will aid their peers, current and future, in perpetuity. For more information about Kent Stateâ€™s Campaign for Change Scholarship Fund, visit www.campaign-for-change.org.