Philanthropy

The 4th Annual Purple Run is Coming Back October 24, 2015!

It’s time to get ready for the Purple Run again! Whether you plan to run or just want to support, we encourage everyone to give support to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Proceeds go toward the Alzheimer’s Association. The 2015 Purple Run will take place on Saturday, October 24, at Keriakes Park in Bowling Green.

You can register today by clicking here.

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The Chi Eta Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at Western Kentucky University strives for excellence in its philanthropic endeavors. Since its colonization in 2008, the Chapter has raised more than $210,000 through various philanthropic events.

Fall Events

The Purple Run

The origins of The Purple Run began in the fall of 2012 when brother Kyle Stewart (Class of 2015), then chair of the Philanthropy committee, decided to switch the primary fall philanthropy event from the Rivalry Run to a 5K in which participants had colored powder thrown on them in a colorful, fun, upbeat race. Called “A Color Run to Remember” in the first year, the 5K raised funds towards the Alzheimer’s Association to support research for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease (following the success of the 2012 Bike4Alz).

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FIJI’s first 5K was in Fall 2012 was called “A Color Run to Remember”

With the success of this event, the chapter opted to continue the 5K for following years. The next 5K was renamed “The Purple Run” in the spirit of the fraternity’s color and the color of the Alzheimer’s Association, and purple powder paint was used on participants.

The Purple Run has grown in its success during the last three falls and has become a much anticipated highlight of the fall semester. The most recent Purple Run, held at Kerieakes Park on October 11th, 2014, raised around $5,400 towards Alzheimer’s research.

Each year, our hope for this event is to raise awareness and money towards finding a cure for this terrible disease that has affected many families, including some of our brothers’ families. We encourage everyone in the community to consider participating or donating toward the cause!

We hope to see you at the next Purple Run! Go to the top of this page to register.

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Spring Events

FIJI Chili Cook-Off

For Spring 2014, Chi Eta partnered with the brothers of FarmHouse for a Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Kurasini Orphanage in Tanzania. Various campus organizations created their best chili and brought it to this event where people got to taste and rank their favorite ones. The Chili Cook-Off took place at the WKU Intramural fields on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

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The following year, we decided to continue a tradition of a Chili Cook-Off. For 2015, Chi Eta sponsored an event at Covington Park in Bowling Green to raise money for the international fraternity’s official philanthropy partnership, the United Service Organizations (USO), which provides programs and services to US troops and veterans all across the world.

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Thanks to all who came out to support the USO on April 11! We had a great turnout from various different campus organizations.

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Summer Events

Bike4Alz

An idea of Alpha Class brother, Tyler Jury, turned into one of the most successful philanthropic events in WKU history.  Six WKU Fiji’s, and one University of Kentucky Farmhouse Fraternity brother rode the entire length of the United States on bicycle to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The route started in Oceanside, California and finished in Yorktown, Virginia—a distance of more than 4,500 miles.  The event took 54 days to complete, and has currently raised more than $50,000.

The original event, “Fiji’s Across America”, was in the media more than 15 times from WKRN-Nashville, TN to WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia. The riders have also been featured on the front page of Western Kentucky University’s website with President Ransdell.

In the summer of 2012 and credentials to us 2014 under the new name of “Bike 4 Alz” another group of  Fiji’s traveled across the United States (in 2012 from International Falls, Minnesota, to Key West, Florida and in 2014 from Oceanside, California to Washington D.C.) to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research. To support this cause check out the website at bike4alz.org

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Pledge Class Events

Each semester, the newest pledge class creates philanthropic events to raise money towards a larger philanthropy. The Delta Class (Chi Eta’s fourth pledge class), raised more than $500 towards Fiji’s Across America by hosting the “Date-a-Delta” event.

Most recently, the Lambda pledge class held a “Pet-A-Pup” event to raise money for the local humane society. During the week before finals week, stressed out students could walk and pet a cute puppy from the local humane society and make a donation to the organization. The Lambda class raised over $200 in the span of a few hours.

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