Canadian University College (CUC) celebrated a 40-year tradition when it held its Alumni Fun Fest weekend.
Over the course of three days, beginning Nov. 23, a number of events took place, including an alumni hockey tournament and several musical and orchestral performances.
“Fun Fest 2012 was a great success with many local [and] out-of-town guests and alumni returning for the many events,” said JR Ferrer, CUC director of communications.
The Fun Fest weekend kicked off on the evening of Nov. 23 with an address from CUC alumnus, Pastor Omar Palmer.
Church services followed in the morning and afternoon of Nov. 24, and the hockey tournament began in the evening. The event concluded on Nov. 25 with basketball games and a pancake breakfast.
Jerrold Ritchey, CUC vice president of advancement and co-organizer of the event, said the weekend provides an opportunity for alumni of the institution to return to the area each year.
“The Fun Fest time is to have fun for current students, and also to encourage alumni to come back to the area,” he said. “It’s just a way of getting together.”
Ritchey said the event has grown considerably throughout its 40-year existence. When it began, the hockey tournament was Fun Fest’s only event. Now, while the tournament remains the main event of the weekend, there are many other aspects that attract CUC alumni from far and wide.
“For the school, it’s something that many look forward to, and so we’ve built around it,” said Ritchey, adding funds were raised throughout the weekend to be put toward a new university bus.
Much of these funds were raised through a silent auction held throughout the weekend.
“The silent auction is always fun and we have excellent support from our community businesses,” said Ritchey.
Another CUC alumni event is set to take place in June, when a golf tournament fundraiser will be held.