Shelly Westervelt and Olivia Epstein
The clocks may have “sprung forward” during spring break, but losing an hour did not stop the ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta and Gamma Phi Beta. Following the week of spring break, they were able to pull off two amazing philanthropy events!
On March 12, we kicked off the week with Kappa Alpha Theta’s initiative to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and combat child abuse through a capture the kite tournament. Teams were formed by many different organizations and each of them fought to be the first to seize the flag! Out of 27 teams, Pi Kappa Alpha dominated the game and was recognized as the winning team. Not only did the Capture the Flag Tournament foster a fun night and bring together many different organizations, it also supported a great cause and helped fundraise around $3,000! Jordan Kennedy, the event coordinator summed up the event by saying, “I really enjoyed helping our chapter host another great event for CASA. I was happy to bring together a large group of people to help CASA and to be able to see the impact that students can make on our local community.”
Gamma Phi Beta finished the week of philanthropy fun with Moonball—the signature philanthropy event to support Girls on the Run, their national philanthropic partner. Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization that educates third through eighth grade girls and inspires them to be healthy, confident and happy. Moonball is a kickball tournament consisting of teams from sororities, fraternities, UF students and anyone else who wants to participate in the game of kickball. This year, Moonball was held at the Southwest Recreation softball fields and it was Gamma Phi’s most successful Moonball yet! Lambda Chi Alpha went home as the champions and Alpha Gamma Rho took a close second place. Who doesn’t love fun night full of: pizza, kickball, music and supporting the girls of Alachua County?
These events show just a glimpse into the passion, love, fun and desire we have as Panhellenic Women to help our community. For these reasons and so many more, being a Panhellenic Woman at The University of Florida is so special and such an honor.