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the Hoot
“Alpha Chi Omega
loves to participate
in philanthropies
because it
exemplifies every
aspect of Greek life,”
said Darian
Lightfoot, vice
president of
philanthropy. “We
are showing our
support to other
chapters on campus,
we are all bonding as
a chapter, having a
wonderful time and
we are helping
charitable causes
that we are all
passionate about.”
Pi Kappa Alpha’s
Pike’s Peak this year
was held in March
and benefited the
Scleroderma Foundation. The Pikes raised $485.69 through penny wars and
other donations. Last fall, the men held their fifth annual golf tournament,
raising $800 for the Scleroderma Foundation in memory of Lyndsey Ellis, a
member of Alpha Chi Omega, who died last year. Her brother, Ryan, is a Pike.
“Our house enjoys all philanthropy events that we hold and participate in,”
Doug Harris, Pike president, said. “There is nothing better than having fun
with the Greek community and donating to a good cause.”
Phi Gamma Delta holds Fiji Islander every April, during the week preceeding
Alumni Weekend. It benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation, fighting
Parkinson’s disease, and includes a golf tournament this year.
“Fiji enjoys doing
community service
and philanthropies
because it is one of
our values, service,”
said Jake Shaw, Fiji
president. “We love
giving back to the
community and
supporting other
organizations and
charities to help
better the world.
We believe
everything we do
can help influence
others to help out
and share a positive
image or example
to the people we are
In addition to their
philanthropies, each
Greek chapter provides hours of community service. They sponsor
clothing and food drives, stock SERVE’s food pantry and serve food at the
soup kitchen. Many do highway cleanups. They visit nursing homes, assisted
living facilities and help out at animal shelters. They volunteer with the Girl
Scouts, the children’s hospital, Missouri School for the Deaf, 4-H, Missouri
Girls Town, Head Start and elementary schools. They participate in the Polar
Bear Plunge, Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America at the Callaway County Library,
therapeutic riding, and letters from Santa.
Along with everything the chapters do individually, they collectively conduct
Greek Week each spring. Benefiting several local charities, Greek Week is a
great opportunity for the whole Greek community to come together for a
common goal.