Greek Gives Back: Recap of recent greek life philanthropy events

Members of Delta Delta Delta sorority cheer on participants in their pancake eating contest to benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Sutton)

Greek life organizations at Kansas State are dedicated to their philanthropies and host events for different national and local causes. This brings different sororities, fraternities and members of the student body together to have some fun and raise money. Here are a couple recent events hosted by K-State greek life. 

Sigma Kappa Cookies and Donuts with Pike

Sigma Kappa and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity sold cookies and donuts to raise money for Children’s Mercy. The drive-thru event took place on Nov. 14. at the Pike house. Students purchased tickets for $5, and the event raised a total of $3,000.

“It didn’t take a lot of preparation other than selling the tickets, posting about it, and getting the cookies and donuts,” Shea Larson, vice president of philanthropic services for Sigma Kappa, said. “We had more of a turnout than I expected.” 

Zeta “Big Man on Campus” and Zetar Tots

Zeta Tau Alpha hosted a week-long event of different competitions where greek life members competed to win the title of “Big Man on Campus.” The competition took place from Oct. 9-13, and the activities included a basketball tournament, talent show, and fundraising competition through an app called Crowd Change. Zeta concluded the week with their Zetar Tots event, where members of the community visited the Zeta house for tater tots and other food. Zeta members were required to sell five tickets each for Zetar Tots, and throughout the entirety of the week they raised $10,000 for Zeta Tau Alpha National Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. 

Zeta members at a basketball tournament for their “Big Man on Campus Competition”. (Photo courtesy of Virginia Fullerton)

“Greek life has a great opportunity to rally around a cause, and in college kids’ formative years it instills a sense of keeping in mind the bigger purpose that we have,” Virginia Fullerton, vice president of philanthropic services for Zeta, said. “It’s important to teach our members of Zeta about the good they can do for their community.”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Shrimp Boil

Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosted their annual Shrimp Boil on Nov. 8. This year, the proceeds from the event were donated to SAE’s house mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks prior. Members of the house cooked shrimp and vegetables and served it to students who purchased a $5 ticket. SAE raised $3,500, and their house mom used the proceeds to cover many of her medical bills. 

SAE members pose with their House Mom at their annual Shrimp Boil. (Photo courtesy of Landyn Luttrell)

“Greek life sometimes doesn’t get the best reputation,” Landyn Luttrell, philanthropy chair of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, said. “This really shows the public that we have a heart for helping people. … We have a reason to be here, to help with something bigger than ourselves.”

Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Upsilon Pancake Fest

Delta Upsilon joined Alpha Xi Delta on Nov. 3. for their annual Pancake Fest.  Tickets were sold for $5, and the event took place at the DU house. Patrons were offered a variety of breakfast foods and could participate in karaoke. The proceeds for the event were donated to the Families in Transition (FIT) Closet, which is associated with Alpha Xi’s philanthropy: The Kindly Hearts Initiative. The FIT Closet serves children of the Manhattan-Ogden school district by offering free supplies such as clothing, school supplies and hygiene products.

“A lot of girls volunteer at the FIT Closet weekly,” Graysen Yahne, vice president of philanthropy for AIpha Xi, said. “I love being able to see the direct impact our philanthropy has on people, and being local is super cool.”

Delta House of Pancakes

Every year Delta Delta Delta raises money for their national philanthropy — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — with Delta House of Pancakes. The event welcomes greek life members and other students to enjoy pancakes and watch a fraternity pancake eating contest. Tickets were $5 in advance and $6 at the door. The sorority raised $3,300 for their cause, and Theta Xi fraternity was crowned as the pancake eating champions. 

“It is always such a great time and so rewarding to be able to give back to an organization like St. Jude that means so much to us and our community,” Elizabeth Sutton, vice president of philanthropy for Tri Delta, said.

Editor’s note: In the original online article, “greek life” was inconsistently capitalized throughout the story. The story has been updated to correct this.