September 28, 2015
When joining Greek Life, the members of your fraternity or sorority become more than just people you meet in college, they become a family. The brothers of Pi Lambda Phi at Virginia Tech are no different. They support each other, throw water balloons at each other and better yet, host philanthropy events that could have a positive impact on a brother. Going into the new semester the brothers wanted to host a philanthropy event that could not only help a large group of people, but could also bond them further than before. After a little google search and a phone call to Our Military Kids, Andy (Philanthropy Co Chair for the chapter) brought Our Military Kids up to his brothers. One of the brothers shared his story of being a military child during a deployment and how hard that time can be. From that moment on, the brothers of Pi Lambda Phi were dedicated to helping Our Military Kids in many ways. The first event decided on was a percentage night with proceeds from a local restaurant benefiting Our Military Kids. The main event, however, took more time and effort on the brothers. The event was a cookout with a military themed relay race.
The cookout had a flat admission fee which included food and a buy in fee for the relay race. The relay race energized all participants, it included a rope ladder, a spider rope obstacle, a tire flip, a balance beam, and then when the clocked timed out, the last person threw a water balloon at their “coach.” After the relay races were over all guests were allowed to purchase water balloons to throw at other guests. “Needless to say, none of the brothers were left unscathed, but it sure created a lot more excitement,” Andy laughed.
All together Pi Lambda Phi raised over $2,000. At Our Military Kids, events like this mean so much to us. The brothers of Pi Lambda Phi are a dedicated group of men who want to support military families. We are excited for what the future holds for this partnership and cannot wait to see more of the Pi Lambda Phi Virginia Tech chapter!