Fraternity Hosts Empathy Dinner

Dec 17th, 2014

Fraternity Hosts Empathy Dinner

This features attendees of the Pi Kappa Phi Empathy Dinner.
This features attendees of the Pi Kappa Phi Empathy Dinner.
Examples of disabilities the guests were assigned.
Examples of disabilities the guests were assigned.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 17, 2014 – Pi Kappa Phi hosted an Empathy Dinner for the second year in a row to increase awareness of people who live with disabilities. Each participant experienced a disability for the night; some were blindfolded while others could only eat with one arm.

“My disability was that I couldn’t speak; immediately I realized how difficult that was. I love communicating with people and only being able to use my hands or a cellphone made it difficult to have a conversation,” says Molly O’Keefe, a student who attended the event. “We don’t realize how much we take things for granted until it is taken away.”

The fraternity’s philanthropy, The Ability Experience, has a mission to “create a community, one relationship at a time, where the abilities of all people are recognized and valued.”

“Our goal is to create awareness and raise money for programs that help enrich the daily lives of people with disabilities,” says Christopher Stone, philanthropy chair.