Amber J. Guadez
University of La Verne Greek community and Enactus met for the joint Greek Philanthropy Challenge and the Let’s Can Hunger Campaign in Sneaky Park on Nov. 20.
The event was a public relations project for senior Veronica Sepulveda and juniors Anthony Juarez and Alexandria Orozco.
Students of Adjunct Professor Randy Miller partnered with Enactus, formerly known as Sudents in Free Enterprise.
The purpose of the philanthropy challenge was to bring school organizations and Greeks together.
This marked the second annual Greek philanthropy challenge.
During this challenge every Greek organization was randomly given another organization’s philanthropy to learn about and show case during the event.
The organization that was judged most creative, original and represented the philanthropy the best would be awarded a trophy.
“This is one of the big projects we do in public relations,” Juarez, Phi Delta Theta member, said. “It’s a great way to keep us (Greeks)together and inclined.”
“Overall, it was a great event, we had a lot of Greeks well informed about each others’ philanthropies,” Sepulveda, Phi Sigma Sigma philanthropy chairwoman, said.
While students visited the different booths, a jazz band performed to entertain guests as they visited the booths.
Jazz vibes echoed from Sneaky Park and spoken word poetry were shared.
The challenge was not separated by gender, so fraternities weren’t limited to just each others philanthropies but were integrated with the sororities as well.
Steven Castellanos, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s philanthropy chairman, thought it was a good way to build Greek unity.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was assigned to do research on Sigma Kappa’s five philanthropies, but chose to focus on its main philanthropy, Alzheimer’s disease.
After researching facts about Alzheimer’s, Castellanos said he was able to teach and share with others about what he learned without looking at the presentation board borrowed from Sigma Kappa.
“With these philanthropies we can join together, because of a common goal,” Castellanos said.
“While learning, we’re also able to help in any way now that we know,” Sarah Mayo, Iota Delta member, said.
Iota Delta represented Phi Sigma Sigma’s philanthropy, the National Kidney Foundation.
“We learned a lot, we didn’t know it affected that many Americans,” Mayo said.
“Not only did we just learn about different philanthropies, we can help communities and reach out a hand or two or five to those in need,” Mayo said.
Iota Delta is the winner of the philanthropy challenge, they will be presented with a trophy this Sunday.
Amber J. Guadez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.