CSU, Chico News

Greek Week Raises Funds and Aids Community

Date: 09-11-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

As part of Greek Week 2008, Oct. 4–12, more than 900 members of California State University, Chico social sororities and fraternities participated in multiple events to help improve life for many people in the community.

A series of Greek fund-raisers netted $4,000 to benefit fire victims from this summer’s wild fires. The funds were donated to the North Valley Community Foundation. A coin drive as well as special events at The Tea Bar and Woodstock’s Pizza contributed to the total.

A blood drive was held in the Bell Memorial Union and next to Glenn Hall on Oct. 6, and 376 pints were donated to the Blood Source. It was one of the largest Greek Week blood drives held in recent years. Connie Huyck, program coordinator for Greek Life, said the annual Greek Week blood drive is the largest single-day blood drive held in Northern California.

More than 120 members of 23 Greek chapters participated in a clean-up of Rosedale School in Chico on Oct. 4. The students washed and painted surfaces, hauled trash and completed other tasks to help beautify the school.

A canned food drive, to benefit Chico’s Jesus Center, resulted in more than 3,000 cans being donated.

Many other events highlighted Greek Week, including the Talent Show Oct. 5, the Greek Olympics, the Parade of Lights in downtown Chico Oct. 11 and a dodgeball tournament in Shurmer Gym Oct. 12.

“Having great support from the University and community businesses allowed us to take Greek Week to the next level,” said CSU, Chico student Kyle Clark, Greek Week chair.