As individuals with time, talents and treasures, Kappas first support our sisters; second, we participate in local service projects; and third, we serve the greater good. In 2021, Kappa Kappa Gamma shifted its national philanthropic focus to mental health, understanding its deep importance to all members. Keeping this in mind, Zeta Beta has prioritized dedicating considerable time and resources to supporting those in need of help, educating ourselves on mental health, and creating a safe, supportive space for all of our members.
In the past year, our chapter has collected food for Second Harvest Food Drive, sold Kappa Kisses for the Rose McGill Foundation, held philanthropy dances with Phi Psi to raise money for the Hunter's Pledge. We hosted Grilled Cheese with KKG's and fries with Chi Phis, which raised money for Ukraine. We held fundraisers with DearLafayette, the National Eating Disorder Association, Pards Against Sexual Assault, OUT, LRA-J, and many more.
Our chapter also has supported the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation to help fund scholarships, confidential aid, education and training, and support of our two museums.
Marina Petersen Celebration Day is an annual event held in remembrance for Class of 2010 student Marina Peterson, who tragically passed away in the summer of 2009. Marina was a loyal sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma and active in the Lafayette/Easton community. This past spring, the enthusiasm and solidarity on March Field was extremely apparent as everyone participated in Pi Phi's duck game, Delta Upsilon's bowling, Delta Gamma's cotton candy stand, Phi Psi's dunk tank, and multiple raffle baskets, and various other activities. Delta Kappa Epsilon's cook out and Kappa's lemonade stand kept attendees happily fed, while Cadence, led by sister Maddie Kollar, groups keeps the crowds entertained and smiling. It is always a beautiful day to celebrate life in Marina’s favorite way – outdoors with family and friends. This year, the event raised more than $6,000 for an interim abroad scholarship in Marina’s name, which is open to the entire Lafayette student body. Marina continues to be a contributing member of the Lafayette community, who will never be forgotten by her Kappa sisters and friends.
A Note From Our Philanthropy Chair:
This past spring semester’s philanthropy was filled with educational and exciting activities! Together the Zeta Beta Chapter raised nearly $10,000 through the continuation of our most beloved traditions such as: Kappa Kisses, Kappaccinos, Fries with Chi Phis and Grilled Cheese with KKGs, and Marina Day. In addition to the many on campus activities we also held fundraisers throughout the Easton community. These included events at Mojo Cafe and Just a Dream Frozen Yogurt. This semester we also launched new fundraisers. We held a Phi Kappa Psi and Kappa Kappa Gamma rodeo spinner which raised money for Marina Day. We also teamed up with OUT to create and host a bracelet making booth. The OUT fundraiser was held alongside our DEI, and together our sisters helped to support the Trans Equity Project. Kappa was the first Greek Life organization to co-run a fundraiser with OUT!
As one of the first ‘normal’ semesters since COVID, our sisters were ecstatic to hold an in-person Marina Day to honor Marina Petersen. The day was filled with fun activities, sisterhood, and engagement from the Lafayette community. We raised a total of $6,670, which will be donated directly to the Marina Day Fund, allowing a student to study abroad for an interim. We are beyond grateful for the outpouring of support and love we felt leading up to and on the day of Marina Day.
Our sisters were busy this semester by also volunteering their time with Cheston Elementary School, LaFarm, and Easton Children's Hospital. We were able to deliver over 100 get-well cards to Easton Children’s Hospital, and this was one of our most rewarding activities to date.
Individually, many of our sisters completed acts of service such as tutoring at Easton elementary schools, teaching SAT/TOEFL to Malagasy students, and other volunteer activities through the APO fraternity.
Reflecting back on this semester, our sisters accomplished a lot and we cannot wait to do even more when we return to camps in the fall.We are excited and look forward to the upcoming semester!