Greek Gives Back: Apps In Aggieville

(Catherine Eldridge | Collegian Media Group)

Apps in Aggieville, an event that pairs Aggieville businesses with Kansas State Greek organizations, will feature a free carnival and a myriad of appetizers to benefit local schools.

The Alms group, a real estate company whose proceeds go to grants for local schools, came up with the event. Sam Hesse, junior in biology, said Kansas State alumnus and the CEO of the Alms group, Mike Goodpasture reached out to Phi Delta Theta fraternity to help plan the event.

“The Alms group is a non-profit, and basically they take all their profits and give grants to teachers and schools,” Hesse said. “Mike Goodpasture, a Phi Delt alum, wanted a huge event to showcase Manhattan’s community and raise money.”  

The carnival itself is free and will include games, prizes, bounce houses, face painting and a dunk tank. Tickets for appetizers are available for $15. 

“The ticket money will be used for grants for teachers to buy school supplies for their students,” Hesse said. 

Bryar O’Neil, sophomore in business and professional strategic selling, said 12 Aggieville businesses are collaborating with 30 greek organizations on the event.

“We reached out to every sorority and frat and said we wanted this to be a Greek-wide event, O’Neill said. “We want to show the kids we are a community and be role models for them.” 

Shea Larson, junior in management, said she is happy about collaborating on a huge event that will give back to the community. As Sigma Kappa Sorority’s philanthropy chair, Larson rounded up a group of her sorority sisters to volunteer for the event. 

“It will be cool to see Aggieville blocked off for the night with kids running around,” Larson said. “My group is running a game and serving chips and dip, I am excited to get to work closely with the kids and other greek organizations.”