Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tri Delta DHOP

Tri Delta is giving IHOP a run for its money! On April 12, 2017, Delta Delta Delta hosted its annual pancake dinner, Delta House of Pancakes, or DHOP. Formerly known as Pancake Pig-Out, this event still had its infamous all-you-can-eat pancakes to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Members of the U of A community paid only $5 for unlimited pancakes and sausage, complete with all the toppings. A whopping 4,200 pancakes were consumed! 
This event was particularly special to our chapter because it is the last philanthropic event to be held in our original big green house. The weather could not have been better, and guests enjoyed some entertainment from a few of our members and our dolphin mascot on the front lawn. Altogether, the U of A community raised over $11,000!
This event would not have been possible without our amazing Director of Philanthropy, Raelyn Davis, and her team. DHOP is one of 3 main philanthropy events held throughout the school year. The others, held in the fall semester, include a golf tournament during parents’ weekend and Frats at Bat, a baseball tournament that each fraternity enters. This year, Raelyn founded the first ever “Why St. Jude Week”, consisting of a candy bar, a doughnut sale, and a percentage night at Zoe’s Kitchen. Raelyn says, “DHOP was such a HUGE success! Thank you to everyone who came to support such an amazing cause. We could have not raised 11k without the support and the line out the door for pancakes!

Our members are especially excited because we will be taking a trip to visit St. Jude at the beginning of May! We will get to see the facilities, interact with physicians, and visit Tri Delta Place, a wing of the hospital created to give patients’ families short-term lodging. St. Jude’s mission is to one day find a cure for childhood cancer, and research is performed every day to reach this goal. In addition, patients’ families never receive a bill from St. Jude.  The Delta Iota  chapter loves fundraising for such a great cause, and we are so excited that DHOP was a success!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kappa Delta Shamrock

Kappa Delta is dedicated to providing support for our philanthropies, both national and local, year round. Our Zeta Gamma chapter used the recent Shamrock event to raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse America and the NWA Children’s Safety Center where 20% went to PCAA and the other 80% went to the CSC. Our Shamrock committee and VP of Community Service, Brogan Caffarelli, worked tirelessly to provide gorgeous decorations, great food, and a fun time for everyone willing to support us and the philanthropies that we care so much about!

This year’s Shamrock event was held on March 10th and April 8th of 2017. On March 10th we had our Shamrock dinner in the back lot of our house. The cookout had a fun photo-booth, burgers, ice cream, and a raffle. The dinner part of our event had about 500 people in attendance and raised $7,000. Shamrock also includes a dodge-ball tournament with involvement from other fraternities and sororities on campus. Since our original dodge-ball tournament was rained out, our shamrock event stretched a little farther than expected. This past Saturday, April 8th, we were joined at Wilson park by Beta, Sig Ep, and Fiji for our dodge-ball tournament. Kappa Delta was able to raise $1,000 at the tournament, and it was a fun time for all involved. Thankfully, the weather was on our side this time around!

Brogan, our VP Community Service, shared with me why she loves Shamrock, “Kappa Delta’s philanthropies all fall under our confidence coalition. I believe every girl struggles at some point with self confidence, so it is very easy to be passionate about our philanthropies. These two agencies fight against child abuse which hinders a child’s self esteem and confidence. It is special for us to donate to the Child Safety Center because some of our sisters have personally benefited from the center. I love the cause and it is very rewarding to see our hard work go back to the local community.”

This is actually the 20th year for our local philanthropy, the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Safety Center, so we were so excited to be able to celebrate by eating burgers, playing dodgeball, and raising money to support the great things they are doing for the children of our community!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Delta Gamma Anchor Splash

After a 25-year absence from the University of Arkansas, Delta Gamma was able to “Dive In and Do Good” Saturday April 1 with its philanthropy event Anchor Splash. The event hosted both IFC fraternities and Panhellenic sororities who participated in different swimming competitions, such as a 200-meter medley, a 100-meter inner tube relay, and a 100-meter t-shirt relay.

“I loved participating in Anchor Splash,” said Alpha Omicron Pi member Caitlyn Goodman. “I used to be on a swim team, so it was really great getting to do what I love while supporting a charity.” Goodman said.

In addition to swimming, sororities and fraternities participated in a synchronized swimming competition in which each group performed a two to three-minute musical routine in the water. Tariq Salem, a member of Phi Delta Theta, said the synchronized swimming was his favorite event.

“It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a philanthropy event. I’m definitely looking forward to it next year.” Salem said.

Teams also participated in a banner contest, a Bliss percentage night, and Anchorman and Junior Miss DeeGee pageants. Farmhouse member Jacob Parish was named the 2017 DG Anchorman and Cate Skinner of AOPi was crowned as Junior Miss DeeGee.

Kappa Delta won first place overall in the sororities division while Lambda Chi Alpha placed first in the fraternity category. Delta Gamma’s Vice President of Panhellenic Affairs Katie Bowman coached the winning team Lambda Chi Alpha and said she was proud of how hard her team worked during the competition.

“The team was very easy to work with and they had great energy the whole time.” Bowman said, “It helped that they were so excited to participate which made it more fun.”

Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash raised over $18,000 that will be donated to different philanthropic organizations, such as Service for Sight, the Burlsworth Kids and the Lion’s Club. Service for Sight supports the four schools founded by Delta Gammas for the visually impaired and other North American organizations that promote sight preservation and provide assistance to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Director of Anchor Splash Sophie Tomasic said she enjoyed working on the event and getting to know other Greek groups and getting them excited about the event.

“I was very happy with the turnout, money raised, and competition at Anchor Splash this year, especially considering this is our first year back on campus.” Tomasic said.

Anchor Splash will be an annual event which Delta Gamma hopes will make an even greater impact on campus every year. Check out the video from the event here!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Alpha Delta Pi Pi Day

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Delta Delta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi hosted their annual Pi Day Celebration. This was the second year for ADPi to hold this event. Meg Plank, our philanthropy chair, did an amazing job carrying on this tradition.

Panhellenic and IFC Presidents volunteered to be pied in the face by their chapter’s members for $3.14 to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. There was also a link online that anyone could donate to, which raised $1,793 alone! Members of Greek life and the community came to the Alpha Delta Pi house lawn to pie their president or just enjoy a pie themselves for just $3. This was a great way for all of Greek Life at the University of Arkansas to work together for a great cause. Caroline Hickman, a sophomore ADPi, said, “I loved getting to watch everyone pie their president and make a huge mess.” It was messy indeed! 

All of the proceeds went toward RMHC, which is a home away from home for the families of sick children. RMHC provides a place to stay, along with meals and other necessities for the families so they can stay close with their child while they are receiving the care they need. Pi Day is one of the many ways ADPi supports RMHC throughout the year. Members also cook meals for families, donate items in need and go visit to hang out and play with the kids. What I love most about our philanthropy is that we get the opportunity to be hands on with RMHC. We have 2 locations we can visit in North West Arkansas, one in Rogers and the newly opened Ronald McDonald House at the Washington Regional Hospital here in Fayetteville. We also hold other events such as Roses for Ronald, ADPi Chili Dinner and percentage nights at local restaurants. Our goal this semester is to raise $15,000 for RMHC, and with the support we received from Pi Day we are well on our way! The Delta Delta chapter plans on having more philanthropy events throughout the semester, such as Pancake Palooza on May 7th from 9 PM- 1 AM outside the library for hungry students preparing for finals. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Zeta Tau Alpha Pilates for Pink

During Zeta Mom’s weekend, our Epsilon chapter celebrated our moms, enjoyed some yummy food, and of course shopped like crazy. But, our most exciting event of the weekend was our First Annual Pilates for Pink! 

Since our mommas were already staying at the Chancellor Hotel, it only made since to rent out the hotel’s ballroom to make everything all the more convenient. We had an awesome instructor, Lisa, from our local Fayetteville Pilates and Barre come and teach! 

This fundraiser was for our philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. Although it was centered around Mom’s Weekend, everyone was invited! Young, old, boy, girl, expert athlete, or the expert Netflix marathoner ;-). 

We had some amazing support from others in Greek Life, which just made it even more awesome and impactful. We made over $450 for our philanthropy from our over 90 participates and it was a blast! 

Our philanthropy chair, Alix Arnold, did such a wonderful job organizing, planning and setting a foundation for the coming years as we hope to continue this tradition and eventually celebrate a 50th anniversary for Pilates for Pink!! 

This is just one of many philanthropy events we put on throughout the year. A few others we do is our passing out our Zeta Think Pink ribbons, Bowling Tournament, Think Pink booths, and our Pink Pancake breakfast. Thanks to everyone for coming and helping make a difference, we can’t wait to see you next year!    

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kappa Kappa Gamma Reading is Key Week

The Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma celebrated its “Reading is Key” week with basketball tournaments, pancake dinners, and by spending a morning reading and crafting with kindergarteners at a local elementary school. This week is significant to Kappa Kappa Gamma’s philanthropy, which is Reading is Fundamental, because it was an interactive and exciting way for the university’s Greek life to come together and support our philanthropy. All money raised during this week went toward providing books for children, who are lacking in literacy resources, across the nation.

“Reading is Key” week started on March 5 with the “King of the Kourt” basketball tournament and fundraiser. Fraternity members competed in this competitive bracket leading up to the championship game, where Kappa Sigma took the victor’s seat and bragging rights.

Next on the agenda was “Breakfast for Books,” a five dollar breakfast for dinner event. Kappa’s dining room was filled with laughter and conversation as guests enjoyed their pancake meals. This is one of our sorority’s largest and most important philanthropy events each year.

Lastly, members of Kappa Kappa Gamma spent Friday morning at Grace Hill elementary school to read and interact with kindergartners. After a morning filled with reading and crafting, each kindergartner was gifted three books and a CD with the books recorded so that they could follow and listen along as they read.

These events played a large role in Kappa Kappa Gamma’s mission to encourage and enable children’s literacy across the country. We are so proud of our awesome philanthropy chairs, Emily Wish and Katherine Gilbrech, for devoting their time and efforts to making this week exceptional and productive!