Greek Gives Back: more than a dozen philanthropic events in October

Visitors are spooked by members of the Farmhouse fraternity as they enter the haunted house set up to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (Photo courtesy of Farmhouse Fraternity)

Editor’s note: In the print version of this article, Maya Corley’s name was misspelled: “Corely”. This error has been corrected for the online version. We apologize to Corley for this error and any confusion it may have caused.

Alpha Gamma Delta: Alpha Gam gives back with Cheese and Mac

Alpha Gamma Delta raised money for their philanthropy, Fight Against Hunger, by hosting an event where attendees could build their own mac and cheese bowls and enjoy sweet tea, cookies and garden games from McAlister, Maya Corley, president of Alpha Gam philanthropy and a junior in agricultural communication, said.

“I would say it’s always great fun to have a lot of people from the community at our events,” Corley said.

All proceeds from the event were donated to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels.

Alpha Omega Epsilon: Football and Fetch

The women of Alpha Omega Epsilon hosted their fourth annual Football and Fetch event at Fairmont Dog Park, said AOE Philanthropy Chair and Senior Biologist Ally Molnar. The event challenged six teams to a flag football competition and raised approximately $130 for the Riley County Humane Society. All donations from the event helped purchase blankets and supplies for cats and dogs still waiting to be adopted or fostered.

“It’s a great way to get to know other people on campus, whether they’re into Greek life or not,” Molnar said.

Molnar said she encourages anyone in Manhattan to support Greek Life events when they can.

Delta Alpha Xi: Guac and Roll

Lauren Jarvis, a sophomore in business, said the women of Alpha Xi Delta sorority held their annual Guac and Roll event to raise money for their new philanthropy, The Kindly Hearts Initiative.

The Kindly Hearts initiative helps support children and teens in foster care or experiencing homelessness.

“It’s a place where we provide the necessities for families, like clothes, toiletries, shoes, socks and underwear,” Jarvis said.

Community members were able to support their philanthropy at the event, where the women created an all-you-can-eat nacho bar.

Members of Alpha Xi Delta serve nachos to visitors at their Guac and Roll event to benefit the Kindly Hearts initiative. (Photo courtesy of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority)

Chi Omega: wishful pitches

Chi Omega Sorority hosted Pitches for Wishes, a slow-pitch softball tournament for fraternity and sorority chapters at Kansas State University, said Cami Dalton, Chi O Philanthropy Chair and Senior in public health.

It was part of their week-long event, Week of Wishes, which the sorority organized to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We raise funds to grant wishes for children with serious illnesses,” Dalton said.

The women of Chi O raised $4,842 during their Week of Wishes. Dalton said they will continue fundraising at their next spring philanthropy event called Wings for Wishes.

Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon: Grilled Cheese with Gphi and SAE

Members of Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosted a grilled cheese drive-thru with music and games to raise money for their house charities, said Clarissa Kiefer, president of philanthropy at Gphi and senior in marketing.

“You would buy a ticket, then you would come home and we would serve grilled cheese, cookies, drinks, and then everyone could hang out after,” Kiefer said.

Gphi raised $2,359 for Girls on the Run, an organization that encourages girls to be active, recognize their inner strengths, and bond as a team.

Kiefer said SAE donates its profits to the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit that raises money for children’s hospitals.

Kappa Alpha Theta: WildKat Chase 5K

Jenna Thronton, chair of Kappa Alpha Theta Philanthropy, said the Theta sorority held its annual WildKat Chase 5K to raise money for the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation and the Ad Litem Special Advocate/Guardian Association (CASA/GAL ) appointed by the National Court.

“This is the oldest philanthropy in the state of Kansas,” Tronton said. “We’ve been doing it since the 90s.”

This year’s theme was to be a hero for children, community members and local CASAs dressing up and marching to support and raise money for philanthropy. Theta raised a total of $6,082 through this event.

Pi Beta Phi: take self-defense

Marika Davis, president of Pi Beta Phi Philanthropy and head of mass communications, said the Pi Phi sorority hosted its fifth annual Take Self Defense class at rec, available to all members of the community.

“Take Self Defense is a national organization created by a member of our Pi Phi chapter in the state of Kansas, who died 20 years ago from an assault,” Davis said.

Each year, the sorority celebrates the anniversary of their sister Ali Kemp’s passing to honor her life and educate community members about self-defense. They raised $2,314 with all proceeds going to the Ali Kemp Foundation.

Sigma Kappa: walk to beat Alzheimer’s disease

The Sigma Kappa sorority hosted its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event on Oct. 15 at City Park, said Shea Larson, Sigma Kappa Philanthropy president and chief operating officer. The women of this sorority raised $7,000 which will go to their philanthropic organization, the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We’re raising money to help fund research into Alzheimer’s disease and to find a cure,” Larson said.

During the event, Sigma Kappa organized a children’s table with face painting, pumpkin painting and games and encouraged participants as they walked.

Members of the Sigma Kappa sorority participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease at City Park
on November 15 to raise funds for research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. (Photo courtesy of Sigma Kappa sorority)

Acacia: Pawsitive Vibes

The men of the Acacia fraternity hosted a week-long philanthropic event called Pawsitive Vibes to raise money for the T Russell Reitz Manhattan Animal Shelter, said sophomore biology student Witt Williams. K-State sororities also participate in events to help raise funds. Events included Powderpuff Football, a Shoe Design Contest, Bingo Donation Boards, Photos with Pogo the Acacia Pet Dog and Pupalooza. As a member of Acacia, Williams said he encourages more people to participate in Greek life events.

“It’s a great way to meet people, make connections, and it’s great fun and goes towards a good cause,” Williams said.

Acacia raised over $2,300 through their event.

Acacia members pose with their house dog,
Pogo, at their PAWsitive Vibes event to raise money for the T Russell Reitz Manhattan Animal Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Acacia Fraternity)

Delta Sigma Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma: Delta Sig Diner with Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority baked pancakes and French toast to raise money for the Flint Hills Breadbasket, said Rece Buckmaster, president of Delta Sig Philanthropy and senior biology.

“We’ve helped provide meals for underprivileged families, especially as the holidays approached,” Buckmaster said.

The Flint Hills Breadbasket is a Manhattan-based organization that serves food-insecure Riley County community members.

Delta Sigma Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma raised over $500 for The Flint Hills Breadbasket. “Kappa were great partners in this event, and they helped bring in a lot of people,” Buckmaster said.

Delta Upsilon and Alpha Xi Delta: Pancake Party

Delta Upsilon and Alpha Xi Delta teamed up and hosted an all-you-can-eat pancake festival, where they served pancakes, bacon and sausage and let guests sing songs at their karaoke station, Lauren Jarvis said in second year of business. They received donations from the Milling Science Club and Hyvee to organize this event. They split the proceeds between each house’s philanthropy. DU is donating the money to their international philanthropy, The Global Service Initiative. Alpha Xi is donating the money to The Kindly Hearts Initiative.

“It was a fun opportunity for us to get together and bond over pancakes,” Jarvis said.

Farm: Night of Fear

The FarmHouse men turned their home into a haunted house to raise money for their philanthropy, said Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Tanner Koch, FarmHouse’s philanthropy chairman and architectural junior. They decorated their house with Halloween decorations and created a different theme for each room. Guests received homemade cookies and hot chocolate after walking through their house. “Every time we host a philanthropy, we try to make it as engaging as possible, and something that you know your money will go to for a good cause,” Koch said. FarmHouse raised $3,087. This money will be used to help fund research to find cures for leukemia and lymphoma

Theta Xi: Creepy Labyrinth

Theta Xi continued her tradition of a spooky Halloween maze at Britt’s Farm the last two weekends of October to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said senior entrepreneur Brady Hart.

“It’s great because not only can we raise money for great charity, but it’s fun to connect with community businesses and small businesses in Manhattan like Britt’s Farm,” Hart said.

Theta Xi supports two charities, with the fall semester supporting multiple sclerosis and the spring semester supporting Habitat for Humanity.

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