Fall means philanthropy events galore in Greek life

If you’re looking to support a good cause while creating memories, there’s no shortage of exciting opportunities this fall. Here’s a look at just a few philanthropy events that the University’s fraternities and sororities have planned this semester.

*Sig Ep Presents*

Sigma Phi Epsilon’s fall philanthropy will once again be Sig Ep Presents, which is a week long event at the Sigma Phi Epsilon House. The event begins on Oct. 19th and will raise money for YouthAids.

“On Wednesday is the Freshman Fashion show, where sororities dress up our freshman in absurd outfits,” said Esteban Gast, junior in LAS, former Illini Media employee and philanthropy chair for Sigma Phi Upsilon. Tickets for the fashion show cost three dollars.

On Friday, the brothers will host a pasta dinner at a cost of five dollars.

However, the real highlight of Sig Ep Presents will be the talent show on Oct. 23rd. Though the show will feature some performances from Sig Ep’s, it is really meant to be a showcase for sororities.

“Every sorority has 3-5 minutes to show off their endless array of talents. I think to have an opportunity for every house to show off their talent for a big audience and all in the name of a good cause … That’s something special right there,” said Gast.

Tickets for the talent show cost five dollars.

*Cookin’ For Cancer*

Psi Upsilon’s philanthropic event, “Cookin’ For Cancer,” will be on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Psi Upsilon house. Money from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Psi Upsilon will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. Five dollars covers two entrees, chips and a drink, or food can be purchased a la carte: a hot dog or hamburger costs two dollars, and chips and drinks cost one dollar each.

“The brothers will be grilling all afternoon; it’s a chance to come out and eat some good food for a good cause,” said Mark Palmer, sophomore in Business and philanthropy chair for Psi Upsilon.

*Arrow Games, Ice Cream Bar & Pi Beta Phive K*

Pi Beta Phi will have a few different philanthropy events throughout the semester — all raising money for FirstBook.

First up is an ice cream social at the Pi Beta Phi house on Oct. 19th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For three dollars, attendees will get all the ice cream they can eat. Everyone who goes to the event will also be put into a raffle to win gift cards for local businesses.

“A lot of houses are doing a dinner so we decided to have a dessert to do something different,” said Norah Cetin, junior in AHS and philanthropy chair for Pi Beta Phi.

On October 22nd, they will be hosting a 5K run that will cost ten dollars. The run begins on the quad at 3 p.m. Afterwards, runners will be treated to food donated by Atlanta Bread Company.

Participants will also be entered into a raffle to win gift cards from local businesses.

Pi Bet Phi’s final philanthropy event this fall will be on Oct. 23rd. Arrow Games, a single elimination flag football tournament, will consist of six-member teams. The winning team will receive a trophy and earn the title of Arrow Games Champions.

*Fiji Fright Fest*

Fiji Fright Fest will take place at the Phi Gamma Delta house from Oct. 24th-28th. The Fiji brothers will raise money for the American Red Cross with a pumpkin carving contest, a spaghetti dinner and an obstacle course called Diamond Dash.

Diamond Dash is a new addition to Fiji Fright Fest The competition has two parts: first, teams of six from various sororities will run through a diamond shaped obstacle course at Frat Park.

After the obstacle course, the teams go head to head with another team in a relay race across a mud pit. Girls who are waiting for their team’s turn can throw water balloons at the racers.

“I think it will be a great chance for sororities to come out and support Red Cross while making a ton of memories,” said Ryan Nemethy, sophomore in LAS and philanthropy chair for Phi Gamma Delta.

Phi Gamma Delta brothers will also stand outside the bars, sporting their Halloween costumes and collecting money throughout the week.

Tickets for the events can be purchased from any member of the respective fraternity or sorority.