The Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority hosted its annual Shamrock philanthropy week to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) and the Orangewood Foundation from Feb. 26 to March 2.
Shamrock Week is the sorority’s biggest fundraiser of the academic year that supports the philanthropic partners near and dear to the member’s hearts.
Laura Acero, a fourth-year marketing student and the Vice President of Community Service, was motivated to make the week as successful as possible.
“I grew up being very involved with charitable organizations that focused on raising money for causes that really needed help,” said Acero. “Getting to bring that expertise to Shamrock is something that will allow for our organization to be able to raise even more money for our two philanthropies this week.”
All the proceeds raised throughout the week go straight to the two philanthropies.
Eighty percent of the money goes to Orangewood PALS (Providing Love, Assistance and Support), an auxiliary of the Orangewood Foundation, and 20 percent goes to PCAA.
The sorority’s recently updated slogan “Building Confidence, Inspiring Action” motivated the chapter members to actively promote the week to their families, friends and the campus community.
The women of the organization began spreading the word about the philanthropy week several days in advanced.
In the week prior, members could be seen tabling across from the University Library with the purpose of promoting Shamrock to the campus community.
Members gave information about the two philanthropies in addition to selling shirts and tickets to one of the events.
The green St. Patrick’s Day visuals came early to the campus as the organization uses a shamrock as the mascot for the week as well as the members of the sorority sporting various shades of green throughout the week.
Through CPP’s Panhellenic Council’s Instagram page, the organization was given the opportunity to showcase the philanthropy week on a larger level.
Organizations participating would engage in friendly competition by helping in raising money and accumulating points at different events.
At the end of the week the representative from the organization with the most amount of points would be dubbed Kappa Delta King.
Numerous members of the Greek community attended the organization’s first event Tuesday during U-hour at the University Park.
The chapter’s first event was ‘Pie a KD’.
Anyone was able to purchase a plate full of shaving cream for one dollar and in turn pie a Kappa Delta that had volunteered for the event.
In a nearing tent, churros and horchata were sold as well.
During the event it began to rain and participants rushed for cover under the tents and umbrellas.
Kimberly Olvera, a fourth-year liberal studies student and member of Kappa Delta, believes that nothing can get in the way of raising money for the children.
“We are doing this for the kids, a little bit of rain is not going to stop us,” said Olvera. “This is just the first day and those participating know that we still have fun events planned rain or shine.”
Even during the small storm, the activities and food sale continued.
On Wednesday, Buffalo Wild Wings was swarmed by several people as the chapter held a profit share at the Chino Hills location.
Those in attendance presented a flyer when ordering as the sports restaurant would be donating 15 percent of each total bill to the organization, which would be going towards Shamrock.
Many participants as well found it as a good way to gather with one another as the end of winter quarter quickly approaches.
The sorority held childhood games and a food sale, Thursday during U-hour at the University Park.
Members of different fraternities competed in blindfolded Girl Scout Cookies tasting, egg and spoon race and a three-legged race.
Spectators of the games grew as visitors on campus tours and students participating in CPP’s Spirit Week stopped by to witness the spectacle.
“I just got out of work, but I had to stop by and support these ladies and my brothers participating in the events,” said Rafael Anthony Becerra, a fourth-year computer-engineering student and member of Triangle Fraternity.
Kappa Delta held it’s first Shamrock Show on Friday at the Glendora Masonic Lodge.
In past years the chapter has held early morning 5K runs and also has held a glow in the dark run.
To switch things up a bit this year, the chapter decided to host a talent show and dinner fundraiser which ended up being a beneficial choice with the week’s rainy weather conditions.
Attendees of the event were treated to a show as the fraternity men competed in a talent show with dancing, musical or comedic acts.
The event would be the conclusion to Shamrock Week, but the fundraising didn’t conclude until Sunday evening.
“We are still waiting on the profits raised by chapter members to be finalized in addition to the last minute donations that come in on Sunday,” said Emily Cooper, a second year sociology major and the Vice President of Finance. “As of the end of the Shamrock Show the chapter has raised $8,784.62 but we’re hoping to surpass $10,000 once the final calculations are made.”
Kappa Delta has been a supporter of PCAA since 1981, an organization founded in order to prevent national and local child abuse.
The women’s organization works closely with their local philanthropy Orangewood PALS, located in Orange, helping neglected and abused children in Orange County.
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