This story is featured in the Spring 2019 edition of the HPU Magazine. Discover below how students in HPU’s Greek Life organizations give back to the community.
High Point University’s philanthropic spirit is embodied by the students, faculty and staff of the university. Greek Life organizations are no exception. Fraternities and sororities support and actively represent national and local philanthropies throughout the year. Here is a glimpse at some of their recent efforts:
Kappa Alpha fraternity founded Operation KARE (Knowledge, Awareness, Results, Empowerment) to benefit a local veteran each year in partnership with The Independence Fund, a national organization dedicated to empowering wounded veterans. In the fall of 2018, they donated over $16,000 to purchase a track chair for a wounded veteran, and they plan to donate another chair this year. They raised more than $100,000 in the past three years.
Annually, Kappa Delta sorority hosts the Superhero Dash Fun Run and 5K, bringing local children and families to HPU’s campus. This year, the sixth annual event raised $18,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America and Family Service of the Piedmont, a nonprofit agency that provides quality support services, advocacy and education for children and adults dealing with domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and financial stability.
The brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity sold roses throughout campus during the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day for “Roses for a Cure,” which raised money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, commonly known as ALS. They sold 2,050 roses and raised almost $6,000 for the ALS Association. On Valentine’s Day, the brothers delivered the roses to recipients throughout campus.
Zeta Tau Alpha
Zeta Tau Alpha sorority held their annual “Big Man on Campus” event, raising $5,250 toward breast cancer education and awareness. The event is a male talent competition where each contestant is sponsored by different organizations across campus.
Sigma Nu fraternity’s fourth annual car show was held this spring to support the American Heart Association. The fraternity brothers and car show participants raised more than $11,000 during the event, which contributed to the fraternity’s yearlong efforts to raise money for the AHA. During the school year, they raised $13,000 after numerous combined events and were recognized as the top donor in Guilford County for the AHA.
Beta Theta Pi fraternity held their annual cornhole tournament to benefit local Kirkman Park Elementary School. The event raised $1,350 and collected 90 books for the elementary school, which is located next to HPU’s campus.
Alpha Chi Omega
Every spring, Alpha Chi Omega sorority hosts “Healthy Relationships Week,” during which the chapter raises awareness of domestic violence warning signs and what a healthy relationship looks like. The philanthropy week raised $1,315, and all proceeds went to Carpenter House Shelter in High Point.
Phi Mu sorority hosted the inaugural Dance Marathon Kickoff event this spring and raised $14,000 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. During the event, children and families undergoing treatment at Duke Children’s Hospital, North Carolina’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, shared stories and inspired HPU students through their resilience and positivity.
Alpha Gamma Delta
During Alpha Gamma Delta sorority’s week of service, the organization served meals at Open Door Ministries in High Point, made PB&J sandwiches to deliver to local homeless shelters and held a fundraiser selling grilled cheese sandwiches on campus. Their chapter raised and donated $3,680 toward fighting hunger through the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation during the Spring 2019 semester and collectively provided over 2,700 hours of service.
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity held their annual Jimmy V. Foundation philanthropy week in April with the biggest event being their weekend golf tournament. The entire week resulted in $32,000 raised to benefit cancer research through the Jimmy V. Foundation.
Sigma Sigma Sigma
By hosting their annual Sigma Night Live event, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority supported two philanthropies: The March of Dimes and The Tri Sigma Foundation. The event included live and pre-recorded skits performed by students and raised more than $1,300.