PHILANTHROPY AND SERVICE
Some of the philanthropic events ZTA has participated in since last March 2008 include: Rose Delivery to the elderly on Valentine’s Day 2009. Over 20 ZTAs drove throughout Chapel Hill and Durham to deliver beautiful roses to the elderly and to wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day. Hygiene Drive for the homeless on February 25, 2009. Members of the chapter were told to either bring in toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, soap, or plastic bags, according to last name. We then packaged these items and donated them to the local homeless shelter. Decorating Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly on February 11, 2009. Each member of the chapter was armed with construction paper, glitter, glue and imagination, and created heart-felt cards for the elderly at Carolina Meadows. Over 65 cards were delivered! Plastic bottle cap collection, which is a project our chapter began on February 12, 2009. For every 1,000 caps collected, a child in North Carolina will receive a free round of chemotherapy. Save Lids to Save Lives throughout fall 2008. This is a program when ZTA chapters collect Yoplait yogurt lids to send to Yoplait. For each lid collected, Yoplait donates $0.10 to Komen for the Cure. Our chapter collected over 1300 lids to send to the Komen for the Cure, Foundation. Not only did we collect lids in our own ZTA home, but we distributed collection boxes to other Panhellenic sororities, and got approval to put some throughout campus. Locations included the Union and Lenoir. Pink bracelets for breast cancer survivors. This was actually our craft for House Tours during Recruitment 2008. We saved these bracelets and distributed them to the survivors of breast cancer who attended our Franklin 5K on February 21, 2009. Durham Bulls game on April 13th, 2008 with the Duke ZTA chapter. We passed out shower cards and pink ribbons to increase breast cancer awareness at this event. Global Sisterhood. A ZTA founded this organization, which helps send poor children from impoverished cities to school. In spring 2008, ZTA sponsored a Chinese girl, Xiao Xi, to attend for a full year. In fall 2008, ZTA teamed up with ADPi to send a girl from Honduras to school in a nearby village. In fall 2008, the ZTA new members individually sponsored a Chinese girl named Julia for an entire year of school. On March 27, 2008, ZTA teamed up with Kappa Epsilon (the profession pharmacy fraternity) to put together 70 care packages for Lineberger cancer patients. The care packages included cookbooks, pink oven mitts, water bottles, and pillows. The money for these care packages was raised by ZTA through our annual Think Pink Bake Sale, held on February 13, 2008. We raised over $230 through this fundraiser, by selling homemade cookies, brownies, and rice krispie treats.
On Friday, March 28, 2009, about 10 ZTAs played Bingo with some of the children at the Ronald McDonald House. On March 26, 2009, ZTA had a “dollar chapter” for the Durham Rape Crisis Center. The chapter rose over $50 for this cause. ZTA held a canned food drive from March 3rd until March 7th, 2008 for the local homeless shelter. We collected roughly 75 cans through this effort. During the month of March 2008, ZTA hosted a school/ZTA supplies drive for Union College’s ZTA chapter, after their lovely ZTA home was devastated by tornados. In addition to all of the supplies we sent them, we also sent a card filled with best wishes and Zeta love. ZTA held a canned food drive from September 10 th until September 17th for the local homeless shelter. We collected over 150 cans. On April 12, 2008, 5 ZTAs volunteered at the Lineberger Beach Ball. On April 19, 2008, 10 ZTAs volunteered at the 6 th Annual Wondergirl 5K and Fun Run, which is an event in honor of Girls on the Run. Throughout the month of October 2008, ZTA collected over 117 pairs of jeans to donate to the Public Relations Student Societies of America, who were collecting denim to recycle it into environmentally friendly insulation. During summer 2008, a team of ZTAs travelled to Raleigh, NC to volunteer at the Triangle Race for the Cure. In April 2008, our chapter sent a card and care package to one of our chapter members’ brother in Iraq. On April 5th, 2008, ZTA donated to a children’s book drive held at the North Carolina Zeta Day Event in Charlotte, NC. This event is held annually for all North Carolina Zeta chapters to come together and celebrate our sisterhood. Our chapter alone donated over 30 books at this event. The Zeta Tau Alpha 19 th Annual Franklin 5K 2008. The total amount we raised from this event was $43,707.13! o Two of our chapter members were featured in a photo in Themis, ZTAs national magazine. The picture is attached. We had over 600 runners registered on race day, which was our biggest turn out yet. Each member of ZTA is required to sell 12 t-shirts and write at least 7 letters for private donation. We held a sisterhood event at the ZTA house on October 12 2008 to help girls get this done. We provided ZTA stationary, pens, refreshments and music to girls who stopped by. It was a fun and easy way to get their letters written in no time! The race began and ended at Bynum Circle. All chapter members were assigned to be on a committee, and every girl is required to attend. Seniors are able to run the race. After the race, everyone gathered for an after-party complete with Gatorade, water, bagels, and fruit. We then had an awards ceremony for faster runners in several different age groups. Race day gift bags were given to every participant, which included shower cards, pink ribbons, flyers, and coupons. All proceeds benefit the ARC of Orange County, Lineberger
Cancer Center, Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, and Komen for the Cure, Foundation. (See more attached pictures). The Zeta Tau Alpha 20 th Annual Franklin 5K 2009, held on February 21, 2009. o Each sister is required to sell 12 t-shirts and write 7 letters for private donations. o Over 1100 registered runners, 650 of which showed up to race. About 150 runners ran without chip technology, due to the unpredicted influx of registrations. o Proceeds benefit the ARC of Orange County, Lineberger Cancer Center, Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, and Komen for the Cure, Foundation. ZTA’s First Annual Think Pink Week from October 20 th – 26th, 2008. The schedule for this week was as follows: o Monday: Pink Out Day. Every member of our chapter wore pink on this day to increase campus awareness of breast cancer. We also encouraged other members of the Carolina community to wear pink as well, through our promotional flyers and word of mouth. o Tuesday: Cookout with Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Kappa Delta Phi at ZTA. Tickets costs $3 and this was a great way to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. In total, ZTA, AKA, and AKDPhi raised over $420 to be donated to Komen for the Cure. o Wednesday: Lecture by Debbie Horwitz, breast cancer survivor and author of Myself: Together Again. o Thursday: Yogurt-Eating Contest in the Pit. Students from Carolina were able to register for $1 to eat as much Yoplait yogurt as possible in a certain amount of time. o Friday: Think Pink Ribbon Sale in the pit. ZTA sold pink ribbons on which students could write dedications. The ribbons were sold for $1, and we ending up raising $51! o Saturday: Tackle Breast Cancer Day. ZTA tried to hand shower cards and pink ribbons at the football game to increase breast cancer awareness, but we got rained out! All of the UNC coaches and the entire UNC football team wore pink ribbons during the game, though! We’re hoping for clear skies next time! o Sunday: Breast Cancer Luncheon and Silent Auction at the Carolina Inn with keynote speaker, and ZTA, Jennifer Johnson, author of Nordies At Noon. About 60 women joined ZTA on this day to raise money for our national philanthropy. This event rose over $9400. ZTA’s First Annual ARC Field Day on November 9 th. ARC was ZTA’s national philanthropy until 1992. When it switched to breast cancer education and awareness, our UNC ZTA chapter took on the ARC of Orange County as our own, private philanthropy. We continuously support them through events like our Franklin 5K, and this field day! The entire chapter of ZTA came together with some of the members of the ARC of Orange County to have a fun-filled
afternoon. Activities included hool-a-hoop contests, freeze dance, and kickball. See pictures attached. As a precursor to this event, we had speakers from the ARC come to one of our chapters on November 3 rd to speak about what the ARC is, what they do, and how our contributions help them. (See pictures attached). Ronald McDonald Pumpkin Carving on October 29 th. About 12 ZTA members helped children at the Ronald McDonald House carve some jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Christmas House 2008. One of ZTA’s favorite service projects, our members volunteer at a local church’s Christmas House each holiday season. This past year, it happened on December 6 th. Over 30 ZTAs volunteered and helped needy families pick out presents for their children. In years past, The Chapel Hills News has mentioned ZTA while covering this story. On November 19th, ZTA decorated holiday greeting cards for patients at Lineberger Cancer Center. We decorated and delivered over 20 cards. On September 19th, about 9 ZTAs played bingo with some of the children at the local Ronald McDonald House. On September 24, 2008, ZTA held a “dollar chapter” to help support Phi Beta Chi’s members who were walking 60 miles in 3 days for breast cancer research. Our chapter raised $55 through this program. On September 27, 2008, over 15 ZTAs volunteered through Carolina Habitat for Humanity and helped work on a house for a local family in Hillsborough. Not only did all of the sisters have a great time, but they really made a difference in this family’s life. See picture attached. On August 22, 2008, about 20 ZTAs volunteered in Fetzer Gym for Million Meals. The goal was to package one million meals to be distributed to crisis-burdened areas and school lunch programs throughout the world. On March 26, 2008, ZTA held a “dollar chapter” for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. We raised $16 with this quick and easy program! On March 18, 2008, several ZTAs held an Easter Egg Hunt for children from Estes Hills Elementary School. All of the children really enjoyed the event and it was a great way to give back to the community while celebrating the holiday! Throughout the month of March 2008, ZTA held a prom dress drive for young women in Charlotte, NC, who can’t afford them. Over the month, we collected over 20 dresses to donate! The First Annual ZTA and KA 3x3 Basketball Tournament was held on February 8, 2009, in Woolen Gym. Afterward, all participants were invited to the ZTA house to enjoy a pasta dinner. ZTA and KA rose over $1600 through this event, which was divided evenly amongst both of the organizations. We publicized this event for two weeks before the day of the event, through pit-sitting, painting a cube in the pit, running an ad in the Daily TarHeel by the Sudoku game (great location!), and visiting each Panhellenic sorority and IFC fraternity. We also held a raffle for all participants. Prizes ranged from a signed basketball from the UNC Men’s Basketball team, to a $25 gift certificate to Top Of The Hill.
In fall 2008, ZTA received the ARC of Orange County Volunteer of the Year award. ZTA and ARC have a long history of working together.
Our Spaghetti dinner, benefitting the UNC Dance Marathon, raised more than $2,400 and many of our members were dancers, moralers, and committee members for Dance Marathon. We also cancel our dinner many times to support other chapter’s philanthropic dinners and encourage attendance at other chapter’s philanthropic events. All girls are encouraged to log their community service hours on a spreadsheet on Google Document accessed through our Blackboard account. Our national philanthropy is domestic violence awareness and our chapter has committed ourselves to this cause. This past fall we hosted our annual trunk show, where a variety of venders came to the house to sell their merchandise and a percentage of their proceeds was donated to the Durham Crisis and Response Center, or the DCRC. The venders sold a variety of things including designer jeans, jewelry, and Greek apparel. One of our own members sold her hand-crafted jewelry at the Trunk Show. We also continued to support the DCRC by sending them Valentine Day cards and collecting basic necessities such as toothbrushes, deodorant, makeup, and shampoo for the women. Our chapter also held our annual golf tournament with the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega at the Preserves Golf Course this past March. The money raised from the tournament went to both benefit the DCRC and Unitus Solution to Global Poverty. Our entire chapter dedicated themselves to selling T-shirts, getting sponsors for the tournament, sending interest letters to both parents and alumni, and organizing the golf course arrangements. Volunteers also helped on-site at the event such as organizing the putting contest, giving out awards to the tournament, and assembling and distributing gift bags for all players and many of our girls played in the tournament. We also held a cookout, in which our chapter’s chef cooked delicious burgers, French fries, and chocolate cake. Chapter members helped serve the food, make banners for the events, and collect tickets at the door. Altogether this event raised more than $12,777. Next year we hope to increase the number of players and also cultivate more community participation and involvement. Epsilon Chi is now looking to extend our efforts of the prevention of domestic violence and increasing the awareness of it by joining with the Family Crisis and Prevention Center of Orange County. In the up-coming year we hope to do more hand-on activities such as babysitting for children, helping with brochures and handouts, and doing other administrative tasks for their office. The organization seems extremely enthusiastic in our willingness and eagerness to help and we are excited to seek future endeavors volunteering with this organization.
1. Twice a month we visited the Ronald McDonald house to play bingo with the kids and bake cookies. 2. We hosted a Waffle Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Relay for Life. 3. We also made valentines for Helping Hands. 4. We had an ADPi team raise money and run in the Relay for Life. 5. We had countless members involved in Dance Marathon, and had a large team that raised a lot of money. Shamrock N’ Run 5K, Pasta Dinner, and Concert - Our Shamrock ‘n’ Run 5K gets better and better every year! Senior Shamrock Chairs Ashley Rouse, Katie Isley, Kylan Lamont, and Carolina Thore worked extremely long hours for the past year to ensure the success of this event—and it was even more successful than we thought it would be! Even with corporate donations on the decline, were still able to raise more money than last year! So what does that mean…? TWICE AS MANY RUNNERS and over $44,000! Twenty percent of the funds went to National Prevent Child Abuse America and the other 80% went to the Durham Center for Child and Family Health. o Kappa Delta Christmas Seals - Our chapter is happy to have the opportunity to donate to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons though Christmas Seals. Also, several KD art majors are currently designing seals for the 2009 Christmas Seal Design Contest, to be submitted April 1 st. We submit a donation of $5 per member, ~$1000. o National Women’s Friendship Day - This year, VP-Public Relations Sarah Schweppe planned a fun and different sisterhood/philanthropy event for National Women’s Friendship Day! The mother of every member of our sorority was invited, as well as the most recent alumnae class. The morning began with a delicious brunch, and then we held three different trunk shows in our living rooms in the afternoon! Local boutique Uniquities, stationery store Daisy, and jewelry seller Silpada Designs all brought their most fabulous items and creations to sell! About $300, or 30%, of the proceeds from the sales of the trunk shows at National Women’s Friendship Day went to the Women’s Center, a local campus organization that provides programs and services for women and girls in our community. o Uniquities Shopping Night – What Chapel Hill girl doesn’t love Uniquities? Well, Sister Caroline Thore arranged for us to have our own after-hours shopping night there! The employees of Uniquities not only put many items on sale for us, but also even gave everyone a 10% discount on purchased items just for coming! They also raffled off a beautiful purse and provided refreshments and cupcakes for us. And the best part is, we sealed off this sisterhood night as a Philanthropy event as well, for we arranged for Uniquities to give us 20% of the amount sold to our Shamrock budget! o Girl Scouts - In regard to the community, Kappa Delta is heaving involved with local Girl Scouts troops. Below are a few of the events that we have held with two troops in the Chapel Hill area.
Bulletin Boards for the Carolina Women’s Center - About ten Kappa Delta sisters worked with the Girl Scouts in the KD dining room to create bulletin boards. There were two different kind of boards made… some of the decorative boards will display the girls’ accomplishments throughout their Girl Scout years while the other boards contained inspirational sayings to motivate the women of the Carolina Women’s Center. Cookie Booths – around three times every spring, Kappa Deltas team up with local troops to gain some prime cookie selling visibility on Franklin Street Pumpkin Carving – We invite the girls over for dinner at the house around Halloween and some fun pumpkin themed arts and crafts. We actually don’t carve anything – stickers and glitter glue are way more fun… and way safer. Cookie Decorating – same deal as the pumpkins… only Christmas themed and way more delicious.
o Chi Phi/ KD Crawfish Boil - This year, we decided to hold a new fall Philanthropy event instead of our annual Chili Dinner with Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Instead, we held a Crawfish Boil in the front yard of Chi Phi Fraternity. Chi Phi co-sponsored the event, which raised money for the Richmond Children’s Hospital, UNC Dance Marathon (NC Children’s Hospital), and the SECU Family House (we are estimating that $1500-2000 will go to Richmond Children’s Hospital). We sold tickets for the dinner event, which included shrimp, corn on the cob, hush puppies, and coleslaw. We also sold adorable T-shirts and held a raffle on the night of the event! A New Orleans Jazz Band played on the front porch of Chi Phi’s house, providing fun music everyone could listen to while eating on the tables in the front yard. We are definitely putting the details of this event in the books so we can hold another wildly successful Crawfish Boil again next year. In total the event earned $7599, $6000 of which was donated to the previously mentioned causes. o Big Buddy Picnic - We teamed up with Chi Psi fraternity and the UNC Campus Y’s “Big Buddy” Program for the annual Ice Cream picnic. Kappa Delta sisters enjoyed Ice Cream Sundays and played games like kickball and tag with young children in the community and their “big buddies.” Other Philanthropic Activities - Beta Chi has continued to support a wide variety of philanthropy opportunities, based on what individual sisters are interested in. This year, in addition to Kappa Delta national philanthropies, we’ve supported UNC and Pan-Hellenic philanthropic causes, local events, and global outreach programs. We are thankful to have 184 potential volunteers and a budget that allows generous monetary support for the causes Beta Chi sisters care about. Below are
samplings of the activities in which our girls participate that are not Greek affiliated. There are several other philanthropic causes in which our girls participate, but these are the ones that our council backs as a whole and puts Kappa Deltas name on. o Operation Christmas Child - KD participated in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that collects boxes of toys and toiletries for impoverished children across the world. The shoeboxes that we put together were sent all over the world to children in need. o Project Homeless Connect - On a Wednesday in September, UNC’s “Project Homeless Connect” offered a day long event for homeless people living in and around Chapel Hill. The event included a huge buffet meal that the guests could come and eat for free. The organizations asked several campus organizations to contribute food for the event, and KD volunteered to provide desserts. Our philanthropy chairs recruited volunteers from out sisters who live in apartments and houses to all bake 2 dozen cookies each. We ended up providing a huge assortment of cookies for the event! o Habitat for Humanity - Our women teamed up with the men of Chi Psi (not necessarily in a Greek context) to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build. The house that our women worked on were the UNC Senior Class sponsored Habitat project. Our women very much so enjoyed this project. Five of the six women were members of the senior class, and one woman, Susie Baker, is a senior marshal who works very closely with the Habitat for Humanity senior class project. o One World Running - One World Running is an organization that collects and washes old tennis shoes. The group then sends the shoes to Third World countries in Africa in order to supplement self esteem building program in villages centered on running. We are a great organization to tap for this fundraiser since so many of us not only run, but train for races… which adds up to a lot of old running shoes! We have already filled two giant boxes with shoes, and hope to continue adding more to this worthy and Kappa Delta appropriate cause. o Student U Volunteers - Several members of our chapter have gotten involved volunteering for Student U, a local non-profit organization that gives educational opportunities to children from low-income families in Durham, North Carolina. The program helps these middle school students become self-advocates and work towards becoming the first in their families to go to college. Senior Ashley Rouse was a teacher in the program this past summer, and she has recruited several other KD’s to work as individual tutors for some of the students in after-school programs. Ashley has stepped up as an amazing leader at Student U, and is in charge of planning special events for the community. o Morning Star Orphanage in Zimbabwe - Eight Kappa Delta sisters went to Zimbabwe during the summer 2008 to run a camp at the Morning Star AIDS
orphanage. The girls will be fostering a loving environment for the children of the orphanage by organizing and participating in play-time with them Kappa Delta also makes several donations throughout the year. The following are the organizations to which we donated this year either monetarily or supplies: o Start for the Heart ($300) o MS Foundation ($300) o ALS Foundation (our members went to an ALS walk in Greensboro in order to show their support as well.) ($300) o Campus Y Catalys Conference (made goodie bags for participants) o SPCA (monetary donation in honor of son of former house mother) o Harper Williams Memorial Fund (monetary donation) o S4SI (in order to sponsor a child in Zimbabwe) o Alpha Chi Omega Spaghetti Dinner (benefitting UNC Dance Marathon) o A Helping Hand (made Valentine’s Day cards) 1. CNN Blacks in Education- looking at the documentary done by CNN on the Black experience in America 2. Blacks in Education- a program on maximizing a college degree 3. HIV/AIDS forum-a panelist of members living/dealing with AIDS 4. Domestic Violence forum- domestic violence and what to do about it 5. Professionalism Workshop- resume building skills and internship tips 1. Raised $500 for St. Jude Children's hospital. Chapter matched money raised 100%. We donated $1,000 2. Purchased and Donated over 50 turkeys to low income area 3. Participated consistently in guideright (national initiative to build up less fortunate youth) 4. Week Of Service (Take over the cafeteria, Wacky Tacky St. Jude Fundraiser) 5. Adopt-A-Highway 6. Organized Study Hall 7. Greekdom forum 8. Black History Forum 9. Free Cookouts The chapter raised money around Thanksgiving to feed needy families, volunteered with many Chapel Hill/Orange Co. high schools and volunteered at Durham’s Lincoln Community Health Center. We also participated in Habitat for Humanity. Funds were also solicited at various events to support March of Dimes.
Participation in Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, UNC-Duke Basketball Marathon, Campus Recreation Race for a Reason 5K, Adopt-a-Highway, Seawell after-school program, the Arc, Ronald McDonald House, Durham Food Bank, and Durham County Weeds. We also have hosted bone marrow drives to increase the bone marrow registry. Finally, we have hosted events such as our annual Flag Football Tournament, annual Cobra Classic Basketball Tournament, and penny drives to raise money for various South Asian organizations such as Ekal Vidyalaya, Pratham, and Jamkhed. 1. Walkathon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, along with going on several build dates 2. Volunteering at Million Meals at the beginning of the year 3. Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House 4. Dance Marathon 5. Relay for Life 6. Volunteering at local elementary schools 7. Fundraising has taken place for (all money raised has gone directly to the charities): 8. Dance Marathon 9. Relay for Life 10. Habitat for Humanity 11. Pratham 12. Asha for Eduation “Block Walk”: The chapter and other volunteers joined together to participate in the Annual Block Walk hosted by the Triangle Chapter of the Sisters Network. Prior to the actual walk, volunteers solicited donations on campus for the organization. On the day of the walk, participants were separated into teams and canvassed a local neighborhood, going door to door to speak to women about breast cancer and to raise overall awareness in the community. Overall the chapter was responsible for donating over $4000.0 to the Sisters Network for breast cancer awareness and research. “Wishing Tree”: The chapter collected Christmas gifts for children at the Hargrave Community Center. Several UNC students and staff participated and the project was a huge success. “Feed the Future: Collected school supplies for local teachers through a partnership with the Crayons2Calulators organization “Pearlfect Prom Project”: The chapter collected dresses, shoes, and accessories and organized a store-like experience to provide these items (at no cost) to girls in the Chapel Hill-Durham area who might not otherwise be able to afford them for their high school proms. Over 100 dresses were collected and the event was a major success. The chapter plans to expand the event and continue hosting the program in future years.
“Blue-Skee at *B+Ski’s”: Partnering with the Xi Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the chapter raised awareness and money for issues concerning the elderly in order to promote stronger families and community involvement. “Cook-Out for Breast Cancer”: The chapter partnered with Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority raised funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by hosting a cookout. Relay-for-Life – All members of the chapter were present at Relay-for-Life this past April. The chapter started participating in Relay-for-Life in the Spring of 2005, after one of the brother’s father passed away from cancer. In addition, DU hosted a benefit BBQ at our House in the Fall of 2008 in order to raise money for Relay. We also sold t-shirts to raise extra money. American Red Cross – Beginning two summers ago, the Orange county Chapter of the American Red Cross began looking for support for the UNC Greek Community. To date, Delta Upsilon is the only Greek Organization that has established a written agreement outlining a partnership between the Red Cross and our Chapter. This agreement allows our members to easily become Red Cross volunteers and get valuable emergency training. The chapter also actively participates in roughly all of the philanthropy dinners that are provided for the Greek community by the Greek community by sororities and fraternities. The chapter cancels dinner at the house and encourages members to go to the respective houses. Improvement in university and community service was one of our goals in 2008. This goal was a success. In the spring semester of 2008, our fraternity was constantly involved in service. We cosponsored a blood drive at this Phi Gamma Delta house with the American Red Cross and raised approximately 3,000 dollars for the Harper Williams Foundation at The Harper Williams Benefit, an event we hold annually. We plan on hosting the blood drive again this year due to last year’s success. The major philanthropy event of the spring of 2008 was the IFC BBQ cook-off which involved nearly ten fraternities. Our then president, Penn Clarke, and then philanthropy chair, Charlie Winn, collaborated with about a dozen fraternities to put on this cook-off at the Phi Gam house. Chapel Hill fire department members attended the event and the event raised nearly $2,000 for the fire department. This year’s president, Webb Bostic, through collaboration with the IFC executive board, has established the cook-off as the anchor event of the upcoming IFC Philanthropy Week. The fraternity continued its service in the fall. The largest service event of the year for Phi Gamma Delta—and arguably at the university—was the Washington D.C. lobbying trip. Our then president brought together members of 15-20 different fraternities and sororities and the group traveled with the Chapel Hill Fire Chief, Mrs. Woodruff, mother of a victim of the 1996 Phi Gam fire, and others. In D.C. the group raised awareness for fire safety and lobbied for fire safety legislation. The group successfully lobbied the house to pass the Fire
Safety Sprinkler Incentive Act which gives landlords tax incentives for installing sprinkler systems. The planning for next year’s trip is already underway. The Phi Gamma Delta house continued its service into the start of the spring semester as well by serving as proud sponsors of the UNC Dance Marathon, a popular campus-wide organization that raised a record $394,278.94 this past year. The twenty-four hour dance on February 20th had a record turnout of over 1,800 students, and we are very proud that we played a role in this success. Other service acts for the fall include hosting a turkey drive and sponsoring events like Ducks Unlimited banquet. Pi Kappa Alpha has been involved with UNC by volunteering at the IFC Block Party, the Good Neighbor Initiative, the UNC Blood Drive, and other events throughout the year. In the surrounding community, the chapter sponsored a Christmas clothing drive for a local church as well as adopted three families within the church. For the spring semester, the chapter is currently involved in running an after school program at a local elementary school, in which everyday several members go and tutor or play recreational games with the children for several hours.