Trick-or-treat with the Greeks
Holly Stout, a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Office of Greek Life student worker, said she wasn’t initially going to join a sorority at Carolina. But when she heard how the organizations can make a difference in the community, she changed her mind. Chi Omega chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its individual charity, raising funds through teams sponsored during a wing-eating contest.
“Our sororities and fraternities have so much more to offer than people think,” said Stout, a senior who said Greeks welcome non-Greeks to team up and support events like the Dance Marathon and individual charities.
Holly’s parents, Stuart and Shelby Stout of Charlotte, N.C., established the March Forth With Hope Foundation in honor of Holly’s sister, Hope, who died with cancer at age 12. The Stout’s foundation helps families with large medical bills to pay regular expenses such as utilities. The family’s foundation is an endeavor Stout said she might devote her full attention to upon graduation.
Thomas Corcoran, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and student representative for Trick-Or-Treat with the Greeks, said planning enjoyable events for children creates its own fraternal bond through philanthropy. So does Greek Week each spring when fraternities compete in events and then cap it off with an entire service day cleaning up the Columbia campus in cooperation with University staff. Lambda Chi Alpha supports the North American Food Drive, held in cooperation with Harvest Hope, to collect canned goods.
“The best part of Trick-Or-Treat for me, as a service co-chair on the Greek Programming Board, is planning out all of the games we’ll be offering the kids. There are so many new ideas that fraternity members are offering to make the event better each time,” Corcoran said.
“Every Greek organization is working on a different Trick-Or-Treat with the Greeks activity for the children attending the carnival,” said Helen Knight, a Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority member and Trick-Or-Treat student representative. “It’s such a great event because we get to see everyone we know who spend so much of their day helping.”