Cal Poly Pomona fraternities and sororities raised more than $14,200 towards various charities and scholarships during Greek Week.
Through a variety of events May 6-19, the Greek community also gathered more than 4,000 cans of food for the Salvation Army, collected 148 units of blood and volunteered more than 20,000 hours.
“Greek Council made a lot of bold changes to Greek Week with three goals in mind: to encourage smaller chapters to participate in more events, promote Greek unity and work together towards a greater good. There is definitely room to improve next year, but we feel that we met our goals,” says Sharon Rocacorba, Cal Poly Pomona’s Greek coordinator. “Every chapter was able to participate. We added a second week strictly for philanthropic efforts, and there is no better example of unity than everyone singing Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ together after Greek Olympics. What a wonderful moment for our community.”
Over the two weeks, more than 800 students helped raise money for the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the DREAM scholarship and Renaissance Scholars scholarships. Activities included a quiz bowl, Greek Olympics, food fair, lip-sync competition, blood drive and Relay for Life.
“Greek Week is one of the most memorable experiences of the year. It was so great that we added a philanthropy week this year. To see so many Greeks participate in the blood drive and Relay for Life was incredibly inspiring,” says Vincent Bustamante, Interfraternity Council president.
(Top photo: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at the Greek Olympics; Credit: William Tou Thau)
(Lower photo: Chi Omega Sorority at the Red Cross Blood Drive; Credit: William Tou Thau)