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LPI Chapter Spotlight: Upsilon

Upsilon LPI spotlight.1Month: December
Chapter: Upsilon, Millikin University
VP Philanthropy: Danielle Farley

Fun Facts

  1. Name of event: Alpha Chi’s and Pies
  2. Amount raised: $1,319.78
  3. Shelter that will benefit from the donation: Dove Shelter in Decatur, IL

 

Tell us more!

1. Please provide a description of your philanthropy event (did you partner with other organizations on your campus or in your community? How long did it take you to plan the event? What were some of the highlights?) Upsilon LPI spotlight.2

Our previous VP of Philanthropy, Meghan Bryan, began planning for this event back in August of 2016 because she knew that it would require a lot of planning. This included coming up with decorations, planning out the layout of the event in our house and designing shirts, all to be ready for the event in October. All of the members of our chapter were required to bake two-dozen of any delicious treat, which was then set out at our event.

There were a few things that set us apart and contributed to our raising as much money as we did. Our campus is very small (only 2400 people), so we needed everyone on board in order to make the event a success! We made sure that we included new vegan and gluten free options, so that a larger group of people could enjoy Alpha Chi’s and Pies. We also made sure to label everything very carefully so that anyone with allergies could enjoy the sweet cookies, cakes and pies too. We got more of the campus community involved by having a “Greek Hour,” where members of other Greek organizations could come to our event between 8-9pm and enjoy pizza (pie) and would be present for the raffle drawing. We sold raffle tickets for three different prizes (movie-themed, makeup-themed and coffee-themed) for $0.50 a piece and ended up raising over $50 just from the raffle. At the event, not only did we set out tables with food, but we also decorated our house’s living room with colorful tables and a photo booth, so that our guests at the event felt comfortable and had places to take pictures and create memories.

2.     In your opinion, what made the event so successful?

What really set our event apart this year from years prior is the overall excitement we created on campus! We sold pre-sale tickets prior to the event, which really grabbed the attention of students, and we even reached out to some families in our local community. Tickets at the door were slightly more expensive than the pre-sale tickets, and we sold more tickets overall because many students wanted the cheaper price! The Upsilon chapter of Alpha Chi Omega has really strived this year to truly embody “Real. Strong. Women.”  in our everyday life, and doing so has made students on campus so excited for our events! Upsilon did an amazing job this year marketing for Alpha Chi’s and Pies, which included reaching out to freshman and transfer students who might not be aware of the annual Greek events, and talking up the event on social media. Something done differently this year: our planning committee made sure to promote our support of domestic violence awareness. It isn’t just about the sweet treats, it’s also about educating the campus community about WHY we raise money for the local battered women’s shelter. Our university only consists of around 2,400 undergraduate students, so to raise as much money as we did, knowing that Upsilon was able to educate so many of our peers was one of the most rewarding experiences being apart of Alpha Chi Omega.

3.     Why did your chapter choose to make the gift through the LPI process?

Our chapter chose to donate through the LPI process because it is the most secure way of processing the funds raised and to ensure that the donation is being put to good use.

4.     Why does your chapter value giving to both your local shelter and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation?

It’s a great way to make sure our donation was handled securely, and it’s an opportunity to also give back to the organization that does so much for us!

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LPI Chapter Spotlight: Delta Rho

Delta Rho, University of ArkansasMonth: October
Chapter: Delta Rho, University of Arkansas
VP Philanthropy: Shara Thames

Fun Facts

Name of events: Volley Against Domestic Violence, percentage nights at local restaurants, Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi and leftover budget money
Amount raised: $18,000
Shelter that will benefit from the donation: Peace at Home Family Shelter

Tell us more!

1.  Please provide a description of your philanthropy event (did you partner with other organizations on your campus or in your community? How long did it take you to plan the event? What were some of the highlights?)

october_deltarho_1Delta Rho did several events within the past year to help raise money for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the Peace at Home Family Shelter. Our most successful event was Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi. For this event, we served pizza, salad, cookies and a drink, all for just $5. We invited the entire community – Greeks, non-Greeks, alumni, professors and even parents – to come out to have a great meal and support domestic violence awareness. We also had a silent auction for guests to bid on items as they were enjoying their meals. We normally start planning this event over the summer, and it takes place in October, so it does take some time to organize.

Another event Delta Rho hosted was Volley Against Domestic Violence. We invited the entire Greek community to come out and play volleyball against each other for a small fee to help raise awareness for domestic violence. To encourage our Greek community to play for the cause, we provided the winning organization with a prize of $200 for their philanthropy and a free function (date party) with us.

In addition, we hosted several percentage nights at popular restaurants in the Fayetteville community. Chipotle was our biggest success when it came to percentage nights because they give 50 percent of the night’s earnings back to your philanthropy. The others we hosted still had a great turn out, though! We promoted our percentage nights on social media and by letting other organizations know about them in advance via email.

Last, but not least, a number of our exec board members had leftover money in their budgets. Instead of just putting this money aside to be used later, we decided it would be more impactful to the families at Peace at Home, so we added it all together and used it to help us reach our goal of $12,000 for Peace at Home this past spring.

2.  In your opinion, what made the event so successful?

Our events were successful for many different reasons. First of all, our Greek community is super supportive of one another, so that definitely helped a lot. Also, we promote our events a lot on campus, through things like table marketing in front of our student union, visiting other chapters, chapter meetings and social media. In addition, it is always important that we make our events fun. We are always brainstorming ways to make our event atmosphere more inviting and fun for our guests.

3.     Why did your chapter choose to make the gift through the LPI process?

Delta Rho chooses to donate using the LPI donation process because it is the best way to ensure that we are donating not only to the Peace at Home Family Shelter, but also the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.

4.     Why does your chapter value giving to both your local shelter and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation?

Delta Rho values giving to our local shelter because a lot of our women volunteer weekly at Peace at Home, and the women and children at the shelter are more than just our philanthropy or a charity opportunity to us; they are our friends. Also, this past summer we witnessed another local shelter almost get shut down due to a lack of funds. This really helped us see the importance and impact our donations make.

We also find it important to donate to the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation because that is the way Alpha Chi gives back to us. Without personal development opportunities like MyJourney and REPRESENT, we would not be the women we are today. It is important to us that Alpha Chi Omega keep giving us these opportunities to grow and better prepare ourselves for life after graduation.