Profitable Greek bingo night

By on March 26, 2013
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Last Monday, the gentlemen of Pi Kappa Phi joined the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha in a philanthropic BINGO night., raising over $1k.

Two greek organizations united and held a bingo night to raise funds for their respective organizations philanthrophy. MCT Campus

Two greek organizations united and held a bingo night to raise funds for their respective organizations philanthrophy. MCT Campus

Amanda Clark, the Greek Relations Chair of AKA, initiated the event. Clark originally emailed Dominic Rehm, the Push Chair for Pi Kappa Phi, regarding planning a joint event.

“Our sorority is working on reaching out to other Greek organizations and collaborating with them in events such as this,” Clark said.

The event brought together the sisters of AKA and the brothers of Pi Kapp and strengthened Greek unity. There were eighty-four people in attendance.

“I didn’t think we’d sell so many tickets. I would call it a success because everyone seemed to have a blast,” said Rehm.

There were eight prizes received by the players of bingo. These prizes included Ekocycle Beats by Dre headphones, a manicure kit, a movie basket, a spa kit, ties and as well as many more. Various people and organizations donated these prizes.

The event raised $1024. All of the proceeds went directly to Pi Kappa Phi’s Push America philanthropy and Alpha Kappa Alpha’s philanthropy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Push America is a nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. Pi Kappa Phi founded it in 1977, and since then, the brothers of Pi Kapp have been volunteering and raising money to make the lives of those living with disabilities better.

“We try to help them through helping the disabled pay for things that they need like wheel chair ramps and handicap accessible places. We also try to educate people about what living as a disabled person is,” said Rehm.

Their bi-annual week-long Scaffold Set event is one of the ways they raise money and increase awareness.

Alpha Kappa Alpha has a unique approach to philanthropy, allowing it to meet the diverse needs of a complex society. It partners with various organizations, instead of focusing all of their resources and focus on one. The newest partnership, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development philanthropy’s mission is to understand the complex process of human development from conception to old age.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is also going to volunteer with Girls Incorporated, an organization that provides places and programs for school age girls to learn and develop to their fullest potential. AKA is also going to host their Social Week the first week of April with mini philanthropic events such as volunteering at Urban Gardens.

For more information regarding the philanthropic events of these two organizations, contact Dominic Rehm and Amanda Clark.

Anjali Wagle
Staff Writer
awagle@uab.edu

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