Harvest Ball Planning Committee Member

Posted by Cornell Club of Chicago on 01/13/2023

General Information

Process for Filling Position: Must meet eligibility criteria
Number of Seats: 12
Location: Non-geographically based
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni, Parents

Summary of Position

The Cornell Club of Chicago offers engaging programs and activities for alumni, students, parents, and friends of Cornell University in the greater Chicago area. Our Harvest Ball is a black tie event organized to support the Cornell Club of Chicago Scholarship Fund. Features include: ✅Elegant sit-down dinner and drinks ✅Exciting silent auction ✅Tax deductible sponsorship opportunities ✅Music and dancing The planning committee is made of 3 subcommittees that begin meeting in February so join early! ☑️Fundraising ☑️Marketing ☑️Programming We offer incentives for reliable volunteers: ✔️Certificate of Service ✔️Recognition at event & in marketing ✔️LinkedIn recommendation ✔️Discount to future Cornell of Chicago event

Cornell Interests:


Regional Clubs

Talent Expectations: Skills


Layout and/or Design
Write and/or Edit
Layout / Design - email and social media marketing Write / Edit - email and social media marketing


Organize, Plan and/or Host Events
Serve on a Committee or Board
Organizer / Plan / Host - programming (negotiating with vendors for the venue, band, food, etc) Serve on Committee - attend scheduled meetings (in person or Zoom), communicate with Event Manager)

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Represent Cornell
Engage individuals - communicate with alumni and potential corporate donors Represent Cornell - lead with positive interactions and leave interactions with positivity

Industry Experience:

Media: Internet-Based Media
Hospitality: Recreation

Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Carolyn Boyce
Volunteer Position Title:
Event Manager

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 7-10 hrs/month
Duration: One Semester - One Year
Term of Office: Not Applicable
Number of terms in Office: Not Applicable


Prerequisites Volunteers should have either experience or interest in one of the subcommittee areas. Personal attributes that will help someone with no experience be successful in these committees are: ➡️Fundraising (persuasive and interpersonal verbal and written communication and follow-up, can-do attitude, perseverance) ➡️Marketing (stellar writing communication, ability to research and apply best practices for achieving goal-oriented results) ➡️Programming (interpersonal verbal communication and follow-up, highly organized, problem-solving) All committee members should be reliable, trustworthy, accountable, and committed to the cause, task-oriented and goal-driven.

Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: Chicago and/or by Zoom
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: Monthly

Other Meeting Details: Each committee will decide among themselves how often they will meet. Meetings may increase closer to the event. Each committee chair or cochair will also meet regularly with the Event Manager.

Additional Attendance Requirements: We'd love it if you will come to the Harvest Ball but it's not a requirement.

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election