Dads Association works to create events for a memorable weekend

By Rabia Ilyas

With many sororities, fraternities and organizations planning exciting events for this weekend, it’s not difficult to find something entertaining to do.

The Dads Association, comprised of University students’ dads, plans and hosts some of the most popular events on campus.

“The events are generally traditional year to year,” said Todd Probasco, president of the Dads Association. The events this year will include the Illini hockey game, the annual barbecue, a football game against Ohio State, a concert on Saturday night and a brunch to end the weekend.

Proceeds from the events go toward academic scholarships and grants.

“It is a really fun weekend that gives us the opportunity to raise funds, but also see students have a good time with their families,” Probasco said.

While all the events are popular, Probasco said the football game and concert are usually the highlights of the weekend for most.

Phil Schaefer, vice president of Dads Association, said he finds the football game most entertaining because it’s where King Dad is recognized. King Dad, a yearly honorary event recognizing a select group of students and their dads, is selected by the Dads Association through essay nominations.

The concert this year, which will be at Foellinger Auditorium on Saturday night, will be performed by a Beatles tribute band.

“It’s a great event because it brings together all ages,” said Probasco.

Members of the Dads Association aren’t just busy during Dads Weekend. From funding grant programs affiliated with the University, to attending alumni functions, to working with the University during Summer Orientation, the Dads Association plays an integral role on campus year-round.

Michael Muscatella, a member of the board of directors of the Dads Association, said, “We are a philanthropic organization, and in participating in outreach events and serving as a resource for both students and parents, we make a positive impact on the entire student body at the University.”

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