Saturday April 9th, 2011 the Chi Eta Chapter hosted its first spring philanthropy event. The inaugural Bowling Green Spring Luau was held to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky. The event took place at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on Scottsville Road. The carnival themed luau had much to offer from games like the balloon pop, beanbag toss, duck-o-war, and pie a Fiji to food, face painting, arts and crafts, and inflatable bouncy houses. The fun and games lasted until 7pm, and ended with a concert by local talented Fijis Dallas Wilson, Jordan Minton, and Ben Hussung among others. The sunset and concert was a relaxing finish to a hot, busy, and successful day. With sponsorships from Kohl’s, UPS and Bruster’s the chapter was able to donate over $2,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Giving back to the community and strengthening fraternal bonds were the themes of Chi Eta’s fall break trip to Louisiana. 39 brothers departed Wednesday for Louisiana State University, where they stayed with the Beta Rho Colony. With a wide network of graduate brothers in the Baton Rouge area, Beta Rho re-colonized in February and already has over 70 brothers. They proved to be gracious hosts for Chi Eta, opening up their house for almost four days.
On Thursday and Friday brothers split into two groups. Half the brothers went to help the St. Vincent DePaul Society, an organization which helps underprivileged people in the Baton Rouge area. Those volunteering with St. Vincent DePaul got the opportunity to help prepare sack lunches for a free meal program, organize a warehouse, and help out at a thrift store for the needy. The other half went to East Baton Rouge where they worked on two Habitat for Humanity homes. The Thursday group spent their day constructing window and door frames. Meanwhile, the Friday group worked on the roof of a house, cutting and nailing plywood.
On Saturday morning the brothers paid a visit to the great city of New Orleans. They enjoyed beignets at Café Du Monde for breakfast. That was followed by sightseeing along the Riverwalk and through the French Quarter. Lunch was at Parkway for Po’Boys, after which everyone went to a park to throw some football. Finally, the brothers went back to Baton Rouge for a cookout hosted by the Beta Rho Colony, along with a viewing of the LSU-Florida game.
The brothers returned to campus at various times Sunday with a deeper appreciation for Phi Gamma Delta and the satisfaction of helping the less fortunate.