Community Involvement and Philanthropy
A dedication to service and philanthropy is one of many ways in which Beta Theta Pi stands out on the Ole Miss campus. The chapter participates in numerous philanthropies and service projects each semester, ranging from small on-campus events to community-wide service collaborations.
Community service and outreach are both important core values of the ideal Beta Theta Pi fraternity man. Each member of the Beta Beta chapter completes a minimum of eight community service hours per semester, and some brothers obtain as many as 300 hours. This allows for brothers to become more connected on their campus while also giving back to their community.
In April 2017 we held our first annual "Dodge for a Cause" event supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On the Tuesday (April 18) of our philanthropy week we hosted a Beta lemonade stand on Business Row to gather donations towards CFF while also further promoting our campus-favorite lemonade recipe. Each Beta lemonade drink cost $1, and through the Beta Lemonade stand we raised $567 in just a couple of hours.
On the Wednesday (April 19) of our philanthropy week we hosted "Dodge for a Cause" in the C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum where 13 organizations participated in our bracket-style dodgeball tournament. The ladies of Kappa Delta sorority and men of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity prevailed in the women's and men's brackets, respectively. Through the Beta Lemonade stand, t-shirt sales, and donations, the Beta Beta chapter raised $5,000 to help fight Cystic Fibrosis. "We chose to back the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because one of our brothers is close to someone affected by this disease, and after the chapter heard his story we got behind the idea," said Philanthropy Chairman Richard Wygonik.
Just two days later the Ole Miss chapter of Colleges Against Cancer hosted the annual Relay for Life march through the American Cancer Society. Our Beta Beta chapter teamed with this Relay in efforts to raise money and awareness towards cancer research, while recognizing many local cancer survivors. "So many of our brothers and much of our Ole Miss family have been affected in one way or another by the atrocity of cancer. We wanted to help fund cancer research and treatment to further the end to this battle," stated RFL Team Leader Gardner Merithew. The initial chapter goal was to raise $3,000 but demolished it by raising $6,150, placing first of 21 teams in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community.
Through our chapter's philanthropic efforts in the 2017 spring semester, we raised a total of $11,150, a Beta Beta chapter record! Our philanthropic events and community service efforts continue to strive for greater heights and challenges.
For questions or inquiries regarding philanthropy and service involvement, please feel free to contact the Philanthropy Chairman.