The Pi-Theta chapter at the University of Texas at San Antonio has raised $11,108 for St. Jude since last August. They're currently ranked fifth among TKE chapters in St. Jude dollars raised.
Pi-Theta Chapter Raises More Than $11,000 for St. Jude
The chapter recently held their fourth annual TKE week, where sororities on their campus compete to raise the most money for St. Jude. At the end of the week, the sorority that raises the most money earns a trophy.
On Monday night of TKE Week, the chapter teamed up with a local restaurant that donated 15% of their profits to St. Jude. The next day, there was a bake sale on campus where all the sororities baked goods.
"The sororities really got competitive and they really got into it. They really helped us raise as much money as we could this year," Ryan Schaefer said, Prytanis of Pi-Theta.
Last year, the Pi-Theta chapter raised about $14,000 for St. Jude, and this year they set a similar fundraising goal.
"Achieving that goal means the world to us. We went out there and out did ourselves. It's a big honor for our chapter," Schaefer said.
Similar to other Tekes, he was unfamiliar with how to raise money for philanthropy when he began his collegiate career. But, he became inspired through the efforts of other Tekes at Pi-Theta.
"When I first started out in TKE, I didn't really know much about philanthropy and raising money. But, when I saw older members pave the road for our philanthropies and how much it meant to them, it felt bigger than yourself. You really start to see that when you raise money and you see how many kids you're impacting," Schaefer remarked.
Frater Schaefer shared some advice for how his chapter works to raise money for St. Jude. It's a simple game plan that sees results.
"It all comes with preparation and hard work. You have to be willing to put down the work and effort. You have to be adamant about it and just go out there and bust your tail, because it's bigger than yourself," Schaefer said.
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