Greeks set new fundraising records


Olaf, one of the assemblies from Chico State Greek’s “Can”struction event. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Chico State’s Greek organizations set a record for charitable donations last month, according to a Chico State news release.

Approximately 1,200 students from the university’s 19 fraternity and sorority chapters took part in events including fundraisers and a blood drive during Greek Week Oct. 13 to Oct. 19.

During the October blood drive event, Greek chapters logged more than 780 donors and 640 pints of blood, according to the release. That was an increase of 108 pints from the previous year.

Malcolm McLemore, fraternity and sorority affairs program coordinator said in the release, that this was the third straight record-breaking blood drive for Greek organizations.

Greek chapters also raised $8,797 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, tripling totals from last year, according to the release.

During the “Can”struction event, where Greeks built immense structures out of donated cans of non-perishable food items, more than 1,000 of those cans were donated to Chico’s Jesus Center.

“It goes without saying that we are immensely proud of the contributions that members of our Greek community have made toward our greater community,” McLemore said. “We would like to thank all of those who continually support our students and the work that they do. We are looking forward to setting the expectation even higher for next year!”

Fraternities and sororities also donated $1,500 raised during the Up ’til Dawn fundraiser.

Organizations raised more than $11,000 in cash donations and food items during Greek Week.

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