The pandemic has kept Panthers distanced for more than half of a year. But an upcoming virtual happy hour promises to bring the FIU community together while raising money for the university.
CRAFT is an annual event that invites staff and faculty to enjoy an evening of refreshments while financially supporting their FIU. Instead of an in-person event, this year's CRAFT will be a series of live virtual sessions beginning on October 9.
All members of the university community over the age of 21 are invited. Proceeds from this year’s CRAFT will benefit the Panther Protection Fund, which supports students facing difficulties that threaten to interrupt their education.
The first happy hour, scheduled for October 9 and open to the first 30 registrants, will feature alumnus Tony Haber, owner of Qvivo Brands Inc. Haber will introduce participants to his Felices los 4 Pinot Grigio and Crazy For You Petit Sirah. Both wines will be paired with a manchego cheese from El Jaron and Chorizo Piel de Toro.
The price of registration for each session covers all of the beverages and materials needed. Participants just have to drive by the carpool loop in front of the Ryder Business Building to pick up their kits, says Vanessa Vazquez ‘12 MS 14, director of event management and conference services at the Graham University Center.
“After registering, participants will receive an email with a Zoom link to join us in their session of choice. We will share any special instructions for prep in advance. We can’t wait for everyone to join us for a fun time," Vazquez says.
CRAFT was founded two years ago by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and Ignite, the university's internal faculty and staff fundraising arm.