Alpha Gamma Delta Gambles for Good during Poker and Pearls

Written by Meredith Schroeder

Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 8.26.28 PM.pngWhen reflecting back on the past few weeks, the one word that comes to mind regarding our philanthropy is unity. No matter what year you are, where you are from, your major, or who you are friends with, for three hours on April 5th, the women of the Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of South Carolina were united together to fight the fight against hunger. Having just undertaken this new philanthropic purpose, all of our sisters have had to come together in order to make the greatest impact possible on our community. In the weeks leading up to Poker and Pearls, all of our sisters sold tickets to the event, and participated in tabling events and spreading the news Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 8.26.36 PM.pngaround campus. On the night of the event our whole chapter played Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps, and other casino games in order to gain raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses. The event was an incredible success with us raising money for the Alpha Gamma Delta foundation, and all of our sisters coming together in order to participate in our crusade to end domestic hunger, starting with our Columbia community. Whether it is driving around Columbia together to drop off meals for Meals on Wheels, organizing cans for Harvest Hope Food Bank, or playing Poker and Blackjack at our annual philanthropy event, Poker and Pearls, our sisters are serving together, and changing the world while doing it.

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Chi Omega Grants Wishes during War of the Wings

Written by Maggie Luke and the Chi Omega Philanthropy Team

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Chi Omega held our annual spring fundraiser, “War of the Wings,” benefitting the Make-A-Wish foundation on Friday, April 6 at Music Farm Columbia from 5 to 7pm. War of the Wings is a bracket-style wing eating competition where teams of five have 20 seconds to eat as much of their wings as they can. Each team member is given three wings and the spice of the wings increases as the rounds proceed.  The team who has eaten the most moves on to the next round until eventually we have a final winner! As fun as it is to watch your friends and family chow down on

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wings with barbecue covered faces, it was not the only activity at War of the Wings. There were raffles that guests could enter to win items such as a football signed by Gamecock Football Coach Will Muschamp and countless gift cards. As the event is centered around food, naturally there was a variety of food to snack on throughout the event such as a nacho bar, Insomnia cookies, and of course, wings.

IMG_1679.jpgAlthough we all love to eat, Chi Omega’s favorite part of War of the Wings was getting the chance to hear from a few of South Carolina’s Make-A-Wish families. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, helping them to feel like a normal kid and bring happiness to them and their families- something that is hard to come by when your child is going through serious treatments or surgeries for their illness. Throughout War of the Wings, several families got onstage to share their personal experiences with the Make-A-Wish foundation and Chi Omega. They emphasized the importance of fundraising for the Make-A-Wish foundation and expressed an innumerable amount of gratitude to those who have helped their love ones take a break from hospital visits and make a wish of theirs come true. It was truly an unforgettable experience filled with love, laughter and full bellies.

Some Friendly Competition…

Written by Taylor Palmer

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Delta Delta Delta and FIJI

In my opinion, one of the most amazing things about the Greek community at USC is how we come together to make a change when we tackle a problem. When we stand together, anything is possible.

University of South Carolina College Panhellenic Association is proud to call Circle of Sisterhood our council’s philanthropy. Founded by fellow Panhellenic woman Ginny Carroll, Circle of Sisterhood’s purpose is to provide women and girls across the world with access to quality education. Many do not have access to education simply because of their gender- sound familiar? That’s because sororities were founded for the very same reason in 1800s America! It makes sense that motivated, college educated women, like those in sororities, should be involved with the cause.

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Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Psi and Phi Kappa Tau

Our council is contributing by raising funds to build a school in Senegal, Africa this

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Alpha Xi Delta

December. How do we fundraise? By hosting a friendly competition! On Sunday, April 8, sororities and fraternities paired up to participate in the Circle of Sisterhood Powder Puff Flag Football tournament! The prize? Bragging rights and $200 toward the organizations’ philanthropies. The game was ON.

After four hours of tough competition and a snack break with food from sponsors like Marco’s and PDQ, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Lambda Chi Alpha WON the tournament. They faced tough competition from Kappa Kappa Gamma and Theta Chi, who came in a close second. When all was said and done, event organizer Darby Nugent, Panhellenic VP of service, said we raised $1,300 for Circle of Sisterhood, all of which gets donated to the Senegal school fund! Thank you to all who came out to support Circle of Sisterhood. We look forward to hosting more events as a council to better the world together!

Learn more about Circle of Sisterhood here: https://www.circleofsisterhood.org 

 

 

Reading is Fundamental for Kappa Kappa Gamma

Written by Emilee Skillman

image5.jpegFor members of Kappa Kappa Gamma at USC, philanthropy is very important. Our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), is easy to become involved with! One of the main projects our members love to get involved with is a program called Literacy is Key. We have recently partnered with a local elementary school, Watkins Nance, where, once a month, we go and read to the kids as well as work on a craft with them. At the end of our visit, each child will get to go home with a book or a bookmark created by members of our chapter.

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This past month, we read the book Jack and the Beanstalk with the kids and each child got to plant their very own bean seed! They were overjoyed and could not wait to see their plant grow in hopes it would be as tall as Jack’s beanstalk. This program is so important because getting kids to love reading at a young age is so important. It can help shape their educational future! We want kids to become excited about the world and use their imagination. We are very fortunate to have such hands-on philanthropic opportunities where we actually get to see how happy kids get when they read a fun story or take home a book they picked out. We also have a main philanthropy event each semester where all of our proceeds go directly to RIF. Philanthropy is such an important aspect of our chapter and I personally can’t wait to see where we go from here!

Alpha Xi Delta Lights it Up Blue for Autism Speaks

Written by Jenna El Ghatit

Screen Shot 2018-04-04 at 3.13.06 PM.pngAcross the county, Alpha Xi Delta commemorates World Autism Month in April by fostering advocacy and support for their national philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Our chapter at the University of South Carolina is excited to showcase the first week in April as AmaXIng week, which is acampaign dedicated to raising understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders.

Alpha Xi Delta is celebrating AmaXIng week by hosting fundraising nights at local restaurants, encouraging people to wear blue in support of Autism Speaks, and holding a 5K on Saturday! The 5K will be held at Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and is Alpha Xi Delta’s largest spring fundraising event. It is the perfect culmination to AmaXIng week and allows the whole Columbia community to become involved with Autism Speaks!

Screen Shot 2018-04-04 at 3.13.16 PM.pngIn addition to promoting their philanthropy on campus, Alpha Xi Delta is involved with Autism Speaks outside of the university. For the past two years, the chapter has participated in the Autism Speaks walk in Charlotte and has been the top fundraising team for both events! Sisters of Alpha Xi also volunteer at local organizations in Columbia that support families who are affected by autism spectrum disorders, such as the Ausome Gym and The Autism Academy of South Carolina. Volunteers are grateful for the opportunity of seeing first-hand the impact that their philanthropy can cause!

Alpha Xi Delta’s Philanthropy VP, Morgan Setzer, is proud of the work that her chapter has accomplished for Autism Speaks over the past two years.

“Being a part of AmaXIng Week is such an important reminder of the power that young women have to make a difference in the community. It’s incredible to be walking back from class and see a group of Sisters wearing blue and enthusiastically promoting our philanthropy on Greene Street to other students. I cannot thank everyone in my chapter enough for not only making this week successful, but also for being passionate about Autism Speaks year-round!”

Kappa Delta Stands Up to Child Abuse During Shamrock Week

Written by Shannon Milhollin

img_7672.png        Hours of work paid off last week when Spring Shamrock Week finally arrived: A full week of fun events and percent nights all for a common cause to raise money for Kappa Delta’s national philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America. The strenuous hours of hard work Vice President of Community Service, Julianne Domnauer, committed to in order to make this the best week possible for our chapter and our philanthropy definitely paid off!

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The Confidence Coalition on Monday morning was a sweet start to the week! We handed out free coffee and doughnuts on Greene Street. That night, we hosted a percent night at Chipotle, which is always a crowd favorite. Tuesday, we roller skated the night away at Three Fountains Skating Rink in West Columbia, representing our favorite sports teams thanks to the jersey theme! Wednesday we blew up Instagram with our social media blast, which helped bring awareness to the cause. We could not go a week without taking advantage of Pelicans finally being reopened for the season, so Wednesday night we hosted a percent night at Pelicans! Warm weather calls for outdoor live music and food, so on Thursday we brought in an awesome cover band to perform at the Riverwalk Amphitheater, while we fine-dined at none other than Chick-fil-A! We put on our dancing shoes Friday night at formal to celebrate the unforgettable week, the best way to end spring Shamrock Week.

Shamrock week in both the fall and spring semesters are two weeks out of the year that all of our members look forward to because we get to bond together with a common goal. The amount of people who came and supported Kappa Delta at every event was what kept us going, knowing that every dollar raised was going toward bringing an end to child abuse, not only in South Carolina, but across the nation! Thank you to everyone outside of our chapter who supported us by donating money and coming to our events, your time and money goes farther than you know!

Pi Beta Phi Celebrates Literacy with Arrow Week

Pi Beta Phi’s annual Arrow Week includes a week of fundraising activities to promote their philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve! Pi Phis across North America advocate for childhood literacy by raising awareness and funds on college campuses. At University of South Carolina, Pi Phis are passionate about their cause.

IMG_0746Current vice president of philanthropy, Tiffany Walters, is a junior elementary education major from Reevesville, SC.

“As a college student, I can access countless educational resources whenever I want to—it is easy to forget how fortunate we are to have these tools at our disposal. Arrow week is so special to me and other pi phis because it reminds us that some students, even children, do not have access to these things. It makes us realize just how important the work we do is. All the money we raise goes straight to the Pi Beta Phi Foundation so that we can give children the supplies they need to build an educational foundation. We get to use the money that we donate directly through our Champions are Readers program and other Read>Lead>Achieve initiatives. I cannot think of a better way to help the Columbia community than spending a week hanging out and having fun with sisters!”

 

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Arrow Week goes Monday through Saturday, starting with giving away donuts in front of the student union and ending with the Dodge the Arrow team dodgeball tournament, where all of the proceeds go to Read > Lead > Achieve. Throughout the week, Pi Phis raise money selling lemonade, getting pied during ‘Pie a Pi Phi’ and encouraging the community to attend percent nights, in which local restaurants donate a percentage of their profits to a cause. This year, Pi Phi held a percent night at Groucho’s Deli, a local sandwich shop.

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Former vice president of philanthropy, Taryn McLees, is a junior Hospitality Management major from Long Island, NY, currently studying abroad in Gold Coast, Australia.

“Arrow week to me represents a time of philanthropic love and support. Seeing all of our sisters take time out of their busy schedules for one week to support our philanthropy whether it’s to fundraise on campus or get their friends involved at events like Pie a Pi Phi and Dodge the Arrow, it’s all while making memories and is so fun and reassuring that we’re all here for the right reasons. It’s definitely a time that makes me love this chapter and campus even more!”

Learn more about Read > Lead > Achieve and the Pi Beta Phi Foundation here: https://www.pibetaphi.org/