Phi Gamma Delta awarded after raising money for cancer research
Campus fraternity leaders applaud Phi Gamma Delta on being selected as Chapter of the Week during a January 27th meeting. Phi Gamma Delta has a fraternity brother with brain cancer and raised over $600 to donate to support the National Brain Tumor Society. (Photo by Andrew Ybanez)
Between discussing recruitment and coming events, the Interfraternity Council takes several minutes to highlight the positive things their chapters are doing.
At each IFC meeting, chapters will nominate others for the Chapter of the Week award to recognize them for their philanthropic efforts or other things they do, Vice President of Programs Chuck Zulanas said.
“We want to recognize (chapters) for the positive things they do for the community," he said.
Phi Gamma Delta won Monday night. It held a polar plunge to raise money for cancer research.
The event hit close to home, because Phi Gamma Delta has a fraternity brother with brain cancer.
Electrical engineering junior and Phi Gamma Delta representative Brian Kramer said the event was ultimately successful with the help of their fraternity brothers and other fraternities.
The event raised approximately $600 to support the National Brain Tumor Society, which raises awareness and helps fund cancer research.
The event also had people “taking the plunge,” Phi Gamma Delta's historian James Fulgenzi, said. For certain amounts of money raised, certain fraternity members would jump into the pool.
He said the event was symbolic because it related to the New Year, a time when people are supposed to take new opportunities and make resolutions.
“We saw an opportunity to bring back an old tradition to help a newer member,” Fulgenzi said.
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