Sororities are busy planning their spring philanthropy events. This year, they say they hope to mix it up by attracting more non-Greek students.
Tri-Delta Philanthropy Chairperson Kelsey Arnold, a 19-year-old sophomore psychology major, said her sorority encourages the public to come to all of their philanthropy events, even though a non-Greek turnout hasn’t always happened in the past.
“Sometimes, the turnouts are all Greek system students, but we invite non-Greek community members to our events so that we can show them what we’re about and who we’re raising money for,” Arnold said.
Ashley Lazareno, a 19-year-old freshman mathematics major said she’d feel uncomfortable attending a sorority philanthropy.
“I’ve never considered joining a sorority, Lazareno said. “So I would never go to one of their events.”
According to the Greek system Web site, each sorority on campus is required to do one, if not more, philanthropy events per semester.
For the spring semester, the Tri-Delta sorority will be hosting an ice cream social on March 4, said Giulia Millon, an 18-year-old freshman majoring in Italian and art history. The event will be from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Millon said the girls welcome non-Greek guests.
“ ‘Come Chill With Tri-Delt’ is going to be a delicious event that everyone, even non-Greek students, should come to,” Millon said. “For $5 at the door, anyone can come enjoy ice cream, root beer floats and brownies and all of the proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.”
While some non-Greek students may be wary of attending a philanthropy event, Rebecca Naccarato, an 18-year-old freshman psychology major, said she never feels unwelcome when she attends sorority philanthropies.
“I have a lot of friends in sororities, so when they ask me to go to their events, I do support them,” Naccarato said.
Linden Northern, an 18-year-old freshman MCD biology major and a Gamma Phi Beta sister, said she is glad to hear students feel welcome at philanthropy events.
“We just had our spring philanthropy and all of the tickets I sold were out of the Greek system,” Northern said. “The event was pretty half-and-half of Greek and non-Greek students. A lot of families were there too, and that’s what we really like to see.”
Morgan Quinn, an 18-year-old freshman open-option major and member of Chi Omega, said her sorority’s next philanthropy event will be a dodge ball tournament on March 14.
“Our charity is the Make-A-Wish Foundation and this year we are sending a child on a ski trip,” Quinn said.
Further information on sororities and philanthropy events can be found on the Greek system Web site.
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