HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 12, 2016 – High Point University’s Greek Life donated over $2,742 to the Greater High Point Food Alliance as a part of the annual Greek Week Chili Cook-Off competition.
Throughout the week of Sept. 17, Greek organizations across HPU’s campus paired up for a week of competition and fundraising as a part of Greek Week. Each year after the Chili Cook-Off, the winning team donates the money raised to the local non-profit organization of their choice. This year’s winners, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, chose the GHPFA.
“The Chili Cook Off continues to be a vibrant part of Greek Week,” says Teri Cugliari, director of Greek Life at HPU. “One of the commonalities among all fraternities and sororities is their commitment to give back to the community in which they live. I am so pleased that our Greek community recognizes this important need in our local community and are making an effort to help end hunger in High Point.”
Jackie Poolos, president of Sigma Sigma Sigma, says that the organizations are dedicated to giving back to their community in any way they can.
“Our organizations were thrilled to compete in the Chili Cook-Off during Greek Week, but even happier when we were given the chance to choose where the proceeds would go,” said Poolos. “Michael Esposito, the president of Kappa Alpha, and I worked with Rev. Preston Davis to decide what the High Point community needed most and we came up with the GHPFA.”
Carl Vierling, executive director of GHPFA, says that the organization truly appreciates the donation and will use the money to further GHPFA’s mission.
“This donation will enable the Greater High Point Food Alliance to print Community Resource Guides that list all of the different sources of food for those facing food insecurity,” says Vierling. “We will also publish recipes to be given out in different locations. Information and education are key to eliminating food insecurity.”