Philanthropy plays a large role in many of our Chapter’s activities and is a big passion for us. Kappa Kappa Gamma’s national philanthropy is Reading Is Fundamental, an association that focuses on providing young children with books. Throughout the school year, our Chapter hosts two main events aimed to raise money and support for RIF.
In the fall, all we have The Very Hungry Kappapillar, a charity pie-eating contest based on the famous children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The event has been a huge success! Teams of 5 sign up to race against the clock to finish their slice of pie. The team with the lowest combined total combined time wins a large engraved trophy, proof of their pie-eating superiority. The pies are donated from MSU Bakers, Grand Traverse Pie Company, and Meijer and we have a DJ for the event to pump up both the crowd and participants. The final catch? Throughout the event, spectators donated money toward jars labeled with certain Kappa names and the top 4 highest fundraising jars were the fan-selected Kappas to compete in the final pie-eating round against each other! The majority of the proceeds benefit Reading is Fundamental, with a small portion donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, our chapter’s local organization that we work with to encourage literacy and reading. The event is so unique, it made national news on the Kappa Kappa Gamma webpage and has inspired other chapters across the country to implement it as well, including the University of Michigan as well as Washington State University! The Very Hungry Kappapillar is an unbelievably fun and creative spin on fundraising and we’re dedicated to make it even bigger next year and raise even more for Reading is Fundamental.
In the spring, Kappa Kappa Gamma hosts a “Reading Party” at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing to incorporate RIF with a local organization. In preparation for the event, we host a community-wide children’s book drive throughout the month of March and the chapter that donates the most books wins Insomnia Cookies. Then, as an entire chapter, we take those books and travel to the Boys and Girls Club for the morning where we have several fun stations set up to celebrate the fun of reading! Each year a new theme is selected and last spring the kids loved our “Carnival” theme. During the reading party, there is a group book reading, bookmark making, dance parties, bingo, popcorn and more. At the end of the event, the kids are allowed to select three books to take home with them to make their own to inspire their passion for reading. Last spring we donated over 330 children’s books to the Boys and Girls Club and had an absolute blast playing and reading with the kids.
On top of our own events, members of the Delta Gamma Chapter strive to get involved in other charities that we are passionate about, as well as participating in the philanthropies of other Greek and non-Greek organizations. Philanthropy is an important part of our organization and we are very proud of our involvement in the community.