Fraternities and sororities are still hosting annual philanthropies on campus giving students and people in the Grand Forks community opportunities to give back. There are several chapters hosting philanthropic events throughout this week – including Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Chi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Tau Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Nu.
“In the fall next year, we will be having our main philanthropy, derby days, and we should have multiple events throughout that week where people within the community and non-Greek students can participate,” the Philanthropy Chair for Sigma Chi, Jeffrey Kincaid, said. “Cancer has affected me like it has for almost everyone, so when I heard that Sigma Chi’s philanthropy donated towards cancer, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.”
Delta Tau Delta is hosting their Delt smash philanthropy event where people can essentially “take a swing at a junkyard car” according to Student Involvement on May 7 from 12 to 5 pm at the fraternity house. They will have a DJ, Barbecue, and Slip and Slide with all proceeds going towards JDRF, nonprofit funder of type 1 diabetes research.
Pi Kappa Alpha’s Pike-A-Thon is having their kickoff on Thursday, April 21st running from 6 to 8 pm where people can hangout around the bonfire. Attendees can make donations and do different “punishments” to any member of the fraternity such as throwing water balloons at a member, dumping a bucket of water on a member, or a one-minute hose down. All proceeds will go towards Special Olympics North Dakota, athletes in need of equipment, training, or health screenings.
Sigma Nu is having their Sigma Noodles philanthropy event open to students and the public on Friday, April 22nd as well from 10 pm to 1 am at the fraternity house. They are raising money for National Alliance on Mental Health, which “is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness,” said NAMI.