Greeks join various philanthropic events

Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Zeta raise funds to serve community, beyond

By Zelenia Vasquez
On April 27, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
A member of Lambda Chi Alpha offers his dog a treat during the Dog Show. The Dog Show was held by Lambda Chi Alpha and benefitted PAWs, a local pet adoption agency. Any student and their canine friend were able to compete in the show. The event helped multiple animals find homes.

Children were the main focus of Pi Kappa Alpha and Delta Zeta’s philanthropic acts this year. They gave to the children of Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Shannon Pediatric Unit this year.

Pike and Delta Zeta joined to raise money and to create goodie bags to give to the children in the Shannon Pediatric Unit.

First, Pike and Delta Zeta came together to create a GoFundMe page to raise donations to give to children at Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

"I feel that giving donations is super important because it is an easy way to give back to the community and people in need," Delta Zeta member Lacey Maurice said.

After receiving the donations, Pike and Delta Zeta had a joint philanthropy event on campus to teach all their members about what Saint Judes does and how they help children across the country and all around the world.

The second time they came together was when Pike President Austin Franco and Maurice created goodie bags to give to the children at Shannon Pediatric Unit. In total, 20 goodie bags containing little toys and candies were made. Franco and Maurice took the goodie bags before Easter weekend in hopes that it would brighten the children’s spirits.

"One of Delta Zeta’s most important values is giving back to others, so donations are a great way to give back to people who need money and treasures," Maurice said.

From April 10-13, six Greek Chapters: Pi Kappa Alpha, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Delta Rho, Sigma Kappa and Delta Zeta came together in an event called Mr. Delta Zeta. The fraternities decided on their representative to run for Mr. Delta Zeta and people would walk by and donate to the one they wanted. By the end of the week, Kappa Sigma was the winner. Money collected from Mr. Delta Zeta was donated to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Delta Zeta’s national philanthropy, provides hearing aids and support for those who are underprivileged and cannot afford hearing aids. The Starkey Hearing Foundation works internationally to help the world hear.

Delta Zeta also had a member donate a pair of shoes to the IHeartYoSneaks organization which is an organization that collects shoes to repair and give to kids who need them. They had eight members donate blood to United Blood Services.

In the spring semester, Sigma Kappa raised $70 for the Maine Seacoast Mission which provides medical, after-school and food pantry services to small islands off the coast of Maine that become isolated by ice in the winter months. They also raised $1,800 for the Sigma Kappa Foundation which funds leadership, philanthropies and scholarships for the sorority as well as provide for alumnae in times of need. Last semester Sigma Kappa raised over $6 thousand for the Alzheimer's Association.

"It is extremely important for Greeks to raise donations because Greek Life is built upon two main aspects - brotherhood or sisterhood and service," Sigma Kappa President Rachel Lindberg said.

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