Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Phi Mu Spring Semester Recap

The 2017 spring semester was one of the best ones yet for the sisters of the Alpha Beta chapter of Phi Mu at the University of Arkansas. We made some great memories at our philanthropy and sisterhood events, raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, witnessed the groundbreaking of the Mu Mansion, and celebrated Phi Mu Founders Day!
Hogs for Hope Dance Marathon:
On February 18th, 2017 the U of A Hogs for Hope organization put on their third annual 12 hour dance marathon.  The Phi Mu ladies never miss a chance to dance, and this fun event also benefited our philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Teams set goals for how much money they would like to raise for CMNH and ended up raising almost $9,082.00!  In total, Hogs for Hope’s Dance Marathon efforts raised over $33,750 for CMNH. In addition, Panda Express donated and served lunch to over 200 guests during the Dance Marathon demonstrating their collaborative community spirit. It was inspiring to see all our sisters, friends, and community organizations come together to dance, have fun, and raise money for the kids of CMNH.  We are lucky to be part of such a generous serving community.

Jail and Bail Philanthropy Event:
This spring Phi Mu put on their Philanthropy event, Jail ‘n Bail, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At this event, leaders from different Greek chapters on campus volunteered to be placed in a “mock jail” which was built outside the Arkansas Union. They were kept in the “big house” until their chapter could raise enough money to “bail” them out. Brynn Hutchison, a Phi Mu at the U of A stated, “I like that this event is a fun and interactive way for people to get involved! The leaders from different Greek organizations create signs and funny reasons as to why they were sent to jail, and everyone has a good time raising money for such an worthy cause.” 
 In addition, there was also an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a dollar to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. All the donations in the form of “bail money” and raffle tickets benefited CMNH.  A great time was had by all, and the collaboration of all Greek organizations helped build relationships within the community as well as raise money for some special kids at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Founders Day:
Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, Arkansas was the place to be on March 4, 2017.   Phi Mu celebrated their Founders day, which was exactly 165 years ago! Phi Mu was founded on March 4, 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. The Alpha Beta chapter of Phi Mu at the UofA hosted a big celebration which sisters and many Alumnae were invited to socialize, eat, and celebrate 165 years of unbelievable sisterhood. It was amazing to have so many generations of Phi Mu sisters come together and celebrate our passion, love, and appreciation for everything Phi Mu has accomplished and created. We couldn’t be more thankful for the lifetime of friendships Phi Mu has given us!

Mu Mansion:
Last year, the Phi Mu Alpha Beta chapter broke ground on their new house. This spring, dirt is being moved and building has begun to take place on the lot. Exciting does not describe the feeling we share looking at our future home.  It is awesome to see everyone’s hard work and dedication to Phi Mu pay off. The girly pops are excited for each new change and can’t wait to come back in the fall to see all the progress . 792 W. Maple Street ain’t ready for the Mu Mansion coming in Fall 2018!

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