CSU, Chico News

Greeks Raise Funds for Kids’ Organizations

Date: 10-05-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Desiree Gonzalez
Office of Student Activities

California State University, Chico students are participating this week in Greek Week activities that benefit different organizations and charities in the Chico community. The activities are part of a wide array of events taking place during Chico Experience Week Oct. 8 to Oct. 17.

This year’s theme for Greek Week is “Kids These Days.” The annual event is organized by Inter-Fraternity Council fraternities, Panhellenic sororities and Multicultural Greek Council organizations to celebrate participation within the Greek system and promote community involvement.

The philanthropies benefiting from this year’s Greek Week are Gateway Science Museum, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Handi-Riders and Sunshine Connection.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, Greek Week teams will participate in the Windmill Competition sponsored by the CSU, Chico Mentor Student Association, the First-Year Experience Program and the Gateway Science Museum. Prize money will be donated to the winning team’s philanthropy of choice. Additional Greek teams will work Saturday renovating the Chico Community Children’s Center garden and painting the facility.

Greeks will partner with BloodSource to host a blood drive on Monday, Oct. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 12, noon–7 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. Everyone from the campus and community is invited to participate by giving blood. Participants will be able to join the Be the Match bone marrow registry for free both days. For more information about eligibility, contact BloodSource at 530-893-5433. Greeks will also hold a change drive both days at the Siskiyou/Glenn walkway on campus to benefit the other charities.

Speaker Becky Bell will present “Step Up to Be a Leader” Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium. “Step Up!” is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. This free presentation is open to the campus and community and is sponsored by Greek organizations.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, is a day of fundraising at Woodstock’s Pizza from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Greeks, non-Greeks and community members are encouraged to come to the feed and support this cause. Greek Week teams will also host a change drive the same day on campus to benefit the philanthropies.

“CANstruction” takes place in Trinity Commons on campus Oct. 14. Teams will collect canned food items and compete for the best display. Displays will be judged on creativity. Cans will be donated to the Jesus Center after the event.

In addition to these philanthropic efforts, many other events highlight Greek Week, including dodge ball, Greek Olympic activities, an “Amazing Race” competition and a talent show