Surprise Retirement Fundraiser for Joseph

For: Joseph Harris Roberts Sr.
United States
Organizer: Elizabeth Distante
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 201 donors
34% Complete
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The Story

We have one man to thank for our shiny floors and our clean, comfortable workspaces. That man is Joseph Harris Roberts Sr., born and raised in Winston-Salem, he happened upon UNC School of the Arts in the early 2000’s. Joseph independently cleans the inns and outs of Design and Production daily, starting at 5am - he stated  “I love to see the kids' smiling faces, working so hard.” After pulling an all nighter, and losing track of time, we always know what time it is when we hear the gentle Joseph footsteps followed by the rolling bin or  cleaning cart. After his loyal years at UNCSA, 

Joseph is retiring this December 2016. We want to show our appreciation by coming together as a community of students, alumni, and faculty to raise money for a retirement bonus. He deserves it!!!

Facts about Joseph:

  • While you are away at a summer internship, Joseph applies FIVE coats of wax to the floor. (SIX coats by the sinks)
  • On the weekends he loves to wash his car.
  • He cleans the bathroom 3-4 times daily.
  • Joseph loves Yellow Cake.
  • He wipes down the Lighting Studio stairs weekly.
  • Joseph has not only cleaned D&P but throughout his years he has worked in the student Commons, Administration building and the Dorms.
  • “I just want to spread Joy." -Joseph

From the Students:

  • "We love that he attends portfolio review EVERY year! Last year his tie was better than mine….”
  • “Joseph is here even on Saturdays or Sundays…I think he's here more than me sometimes.”
  • “Joseph has made my day multiple times. My heart was warmed when last year he left each of the Scene Designers rags on our studio desks.”

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