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Greeks compete in philanthropy event

Members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and 10 sororities rode a mechanical bull, sumo wrestled and competed in relays across campus in a three-day fundraising Color War event this weekend.

For the fraternity’s first philanthropic event in recent years, members of the Greek community gathered on University Yard and in Kogan Plaza to compete for prize money to donate to the winner’s charity of choice.

The event raised an initial $3,000 to cover the costs of the prizes awarded to the participating sororities and the operating costs of the event. An additional $4,000 was raised through online and in-person donations, which will be awarded to one of AEPi’s seven charities.

“As a fraternity we haven’t done a lot of philanthropic events. I can’t even remember the last one that we’ve really done,” AEPi vice president Joshua Friedman said. “This year, my approach is to create something similar to what a lot of the other frats and sororities do, but something better at the same time.”

AEPi invited each sorority to choose a philanthropic organization to which their prizes would be donated.

“We wanted to come up with something that involved all of the sororities and also a way to play them up against each other to raise money for their philanthropies, and also give them a cash prize as an incentive to win,” Friedman said.

Delta Gamma chose the Delta Gamma Foundation’s Service For Sight Grants, to which $1,000 will be donated. Alpha Epsilon Phi and Alpha Phi, which won second and third place respectively, will have $300 and $200 donated to their charities of choice. The other seven sororities that participated each received a $50 donation to their philanthropy.

Activities began Thursday, as participants gained points for their sororities by riding a mechanical bull, with every second on the bull amounting to three times the amount of every dollar donated. The event continued on Friday with sumo wrestling and popcorn in Kogan Plaza.

Sunday’s gladiator games marked the event’s finale with an obstacle course and inflatable jousting. The final relay race was canceled due to cold and rainy weather.

Charity organizations chosen by sororities included the breast cancer nonprofit Sharsheret, the Heart to Heart Grant, the Ronald McDonald House, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Service for Sight, Reading is Fundamental, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now, First Book, Prevent Child Abuse America and the Sigma Kappa Foundation for Alzheimer’s disease.

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