Campus Greek life philanthropies explained

by Erin Brock
Editor-in-Chief

by Erica Clark
Campus Life Editor

Greek letters. They’re everywhere. With such a large percentage of Greek affiliation at Transylvania University, one may wonder what the fuss is all about. With this in mind, The Rambler sat down with the philanthropy chairs for each of Transy’s fraternities and sororities. Here’s a look at the philanthropic side of the eight Greek groups on campus:

Alpha Omicron Pi
Sponsored Charity: Juvenile Arthritis Foundation and other forms of arthritis research.
Most Successful Event: Strike Out, an annual event where teams can sign up and pay a certain amount for an afternoon of bowling. A portion of the proceeds is donated to arthritis research.
Plans for this year: “We hope to increase the number of direct-service projects we participate in on Transylvania’s campus,” said sophomore Kimberly Shain. “While we, as a chapter, fundraise on campus and participate in direct service off campus, we have yet to host an event where the two can be combined.”

Chi Omega
Sponsored Charity: Make-A-Wish Foundation and God’s Pantry.
Most Successful Event: Campus Sing and Make-A-Wish Silent Auction. Last year Campus Sing raised over 11,000 pounds of food for God’s Pantry and produced one of the most entertaining events to date. In addition, Chi Chapter of Chi Omega has, overall, spent 2,300 hours volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has raised over $51,000 for it.
Plans for this year: “This year, Chi Chapter will be sponsoring a trip for a Make-a-Wish child named Sarah to take an all-expense-paid Disney cruise with her family,” said junior Whitley Hill. “(We also plan for) another successful silent auction and Campus Sing event.”

Delta Delta Delta
Sponsored Charity: St. Jude’s Research Children’s Hospital and children’s cancer research.
Most Successful Event: “In 2006, Tri Delta set a goal to raise $10 million for St. Jude in 10 years,” said junior Emily Shepp. “Instead, we reached our goal in just four years! Our current goal is to raise $15 million in five years and the Beta Zeta chapter here at Transy have helped with that through events like Delta Dash and Water Wars, our two most successful events.”
Plans for this year: The Delta Dash will take place on Oct. 8, and Water Wars will be held next term.

Phi Mu
Sponsored Charity: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, whose local branch is the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Most Successful Event: Annual Hoop-A-Paluza during spring term, which always raises over $2,000, as well as the talent show during last May term that raised over $1,000 for Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
Plans for this year: “This year we plan on focusing on a direct-service event for the fall semester — Transy builds a house in which we will invite the entire Transy community to help with Habitat for Humanity on a certain day in October,” said junior Bethany Davenport. “We will be partnering with Amanchi, an organization that sets mentors with children who have had incarcerated family members. We will also be having a party with the unmatched girls to develop confidence.”

Delta Sigma Phi
Sponsored Charity: The Red Cross.
Most Successful Event: “This past May term Delta Sigma Phi and Phi Mu co-sponsored ‘Transy’s Got Talent,’ which benefitted the Kentucky Refugee Ministries,” said sophomore John Culbertson. “The talent show featured different Greek and non-Greek contestants performing a variety of acts. We took donations, sold Fro-Jo’s and concessions, raising a little over $300 for the local organization.”
Plans for this year: A new event in the fall will replace the Cereal Eat, and monthly service projects will be scheduled.

Kappa Alpha Order
Sponsored Charity: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Most Successful Event: “Our biggest success so far is our annual MDA walk that we do each May term,” said junior Donald Combs. “We walk from Frankfort (starting at the steps of the capitol) to Old Morrison. This year we raised around $7,000 for the cause and got a good number of people to walk with us from Rupp Arena to Old Morrison.”
Plans for this year: “Staying as actively involved as we can with other philanthropic events, and helping with the Lexington hearing- and speech-impaired school,” said Combs. The MDA walk will once again be held in May term.

Phi Kappa Tau
Sponsored Charity: Hole in the Wall Gang
Most Successful Event: “Historically our most successful event has been King of the Wing,” said junior Andrew Lock. “This event brought in great donations and participation campus-wide. We will no longer be able to hold this event.”
Plans for this year: “Last year we went to the Hope Center to serve food every Sunday morning during May term,” said Lock. “We hope to set up a similar schedule to help our community.” Other plans include a corn hole tournament and an Olympics event.

Pi Kappa Alpha
Sponsored Charity: Toys for Tots
Most Successful Event: “Annually we do a Nintendo-thon,” said junior Eric Kaper. “Last year we raised a lot of money for Toys for Tots. It’s a campus community event.”
Plans for this year: “We’d like to do more community service,” said Kaper. “We’re trying to raise money in appreciation for the Lexington firefighters since a fire truck is the mascot for the fraternity. This semester we will also be trying to raise money for the local firefighters’ memorial downtown.”

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