Greek Life

Greek philanthropies see increase from 2010

Five Greek organizations raised more than $20,000 for their respective causes. “Overall, we’ve raised more money this year because philanthropies are shorter and they can get more participants,” Katie Williams, coordinator of Greek Life and University Programming, said. “Events are now more manageable for students’ schedules.”

The first event for the semester was Kappa Sigma’s “South Seas.” It supports Fisher House Foundation, “providing a ‘home away from home’ for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury,” according to

After expenses, Kappa Sigma raised nearly $4,000 fall 2011, compared to about $2,400 fall 2010.

The next organization to host an event was Sigma Alpha Epsilon with their True Gentlemen’s Week in September. It raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. After expenses, Sigma Alpha Epsilon raised nearly $2,000 this fall, compared to $2,400 fall 2010.

Delta Gamma’s event, Anchor Splash, followed. The Delta Gamma Foundation,

Service for Sight, is a program that provides eyeglasses and other eye health care for children.

“Through grants given to organizations that share the Delta Gamma Foundation’s mission, each dollar is spread across North America to accomplish more together than alone,” according to

After expenses, Service for Sight raised just short of $3,000 in spring 2011 and $5,773.64 in fall 2011. All 11 fraternities on campus participated in the competitions while donating money.

Alpha Delta Pi then hosted its Diamond Heist events, raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House. The “Ronald McDonald House program provides a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost,” found at

After expenses, Alpha Delta Pi raised $3,600 fall 2011, compared to $2,300 fall 2010.

Most recently, Phi Gamma Delta hosted MS Island week to benefit the National Red Cross. After expenses, Phi Gamma Delta raised $5,000 fall 2011, compared to $4,400 fall 2010.