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Special Events/Community Service

The Special Events/Community Service Committee develops and implements plans for special events on campus and creates awareness of community service opportunities available for staff participation.

2018-19 Events

All Staff Council Chili Cook-Off
Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parents Hall South

Two ways to participate:

  1. Sign up to provide your award-winning chili samples by Friday, October 12: Those entering need only make one batch of their chili recipe. Samples served will be 3-4 oz. Sample cups, spoons, and napkins provided. The people’s choice winner will receive a gift package including a growler mug, t-shirt and tickets to a Drake basketball game.
  2. Come enjoy samples of a wide variety of homemade chili made by Drake University faculty and staff members.

Donate non-perishable food or other goods to Drake’s Free Little Food Pantries and be entered to win a Drake Parking Pass. Drawing takes place at end of the school year. Goods may include canned foods, personal hygiene products, baby formula or diapers, etc.

Those competing, consuming or just want to be part of the fun, please join All Staff Council for a $5 soup and bread bar lunch provided by Sodexo! The People’s Choice Award winners will be announced shortly after 12:30pm during the event. Questions, please contact

All Staff Council event days are also jeans days (per managers approval). Wear your Drake blue on October 17!

Download a Chili Cook Off Poster .

Future Events

  • Holiday Cheer – December
  • Spring Service Event/Meals from the Heartland – February
  • Sapphire Awards – May
  • Kickball Tournament – May
  • Trivia Event – June
  • Book Club
    • Fall Break – Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bordain
    • Winter Break – The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin
    • Spring Break – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
    • Summer Break – The Power, Naomi Alderman

Our Special Events email group is – if you want your name added to our email list, please contact us.

All events include a jeans day and an entry form to win a free Drake University parking pass (to be drawn in June 2019).

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