Greek organizations to raise money for their philanthropies
Each year, Kappa Delta sorority collegiate and alumni chapters raise approximately one million dollars to benefit child abuse prevention. This year, the sorority will have a Dance-A-Thon as the annual Shamrock Event. Proceeds and donations will go to support Care House, an advocacy and resource center for child abuse in Dayton.
“This event is a part of our national philanthropies and 80 percent of the money we make stays in the local area,” Vice President of Community Service for Kappa Delta Briana Kosins said. “Kappa Delta hopes to raise awareness in the community. Many of us don’t realize the statistics on how many kids are being abused. At the event we will have someone from Care House give a presentation of why they need our support and what they do for the area.”
The Dance-A-Thon is a family event open to the whole community. Presale tickets are $5 and $10 for dancers. At the door general admission is $7 and $15 for dancers. The dance-a-thon will include different types of music and instructions, such as zumba and hip-hop. Participants must keep dancing and the winners will get Reds tickets and other prizes. There will be $1,000 in raffle prizes, games, a wing-eating contest provided by Buffalo Wild Wings and different dancing performances including WSU’s Wright Rhythm Dance Team.
This event will be held on March 23 from 12-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Kappa Delta table Wednesday 7:30-10:00 p.m. at the bridge café, Thursday March 21 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or Friday, March 22 12-3 p.m. in the Union Market.
The Delta Zeta sorority also holds an annual fundraiser called Mr. WSU. This event helps the sorority’s philanthropy of speech and hearing. They support speech and hearing organizations, including the Painted Turtle Camp. Its mission is to provide a year-round life-changing camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
According to Brittanie Koerper, Mr.WSU is a male scholarship pageant based on talent, athletic wear, business wear and interview. The winner will receive a scholarship of $1,500. There will be raffle prizes and vendors for those that attend.
“Students should come to this event because it is super funny,” Koerper said. “Last year someone had a scene from Bruno Mars’s “Lazy Song,” one year a guy did a Milan theme. It’s very entertaining and audience members can compete in games and win prizes.”
This is the eleventh year of Mr. WSU. Delta Zeta holds fundraisers all year to prepare for this event. All the proceeds from ticket sales, profit from vendors and the application fee all support the Painted Turtle Camp. Last year, the sorority raised $6,000 and this year, they expect to make at least $3,000.
“This event takes a lot of hard work and is very time-consuming,” Koerper said. “But the thing that keeps me going is knowing that I’m raising money to help children get a chance to go to camp where they don’t have to be asked why they don’t have hair; they can just enjoy being a kid. I really feel this event is important because it also gives back to students by scholarships. It raises the most money out of other philanthropy Greek events.”
Mr. WSU will be on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Apollo Room. Presale Tickets are $6 and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or at the Delta Zeta tables in the Union Market on Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information about the Kappa Delta Shamrock Event contact Briana Kosins at email@example.com and for Mr.WSU, contact Brittanie Koerper at firstname.lastname@example.org.