Dates to make a difference: Kappa Kappa Gamma to host annual date auction benefitting the Center for Courageous Kids
Centre College’s Greek organizations often find creative and compelling ways to raise money and involve the campus in their charitable causes, and one example of this philanthropy with flair is the annual Kappa Kappa Gamma date auction.
The women of Kappa host the date auction annually as a fun, unconventional way to get the entire Centre community involved in fundraising for their chapter philanthropy. This year’s date auction will take place Friday, Nov. 21, from 6-8 p.m. in the Combs Center (also known as the Warehouse). Guests will have the chance to bid on dates with 14 Centre men, including fraternity members, independents and first years. Dates have been donated by local businesses such as Melton’s Deli, the Hub Coffee House and Danville Cinemas 8. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Center for Courageous Kids (CCK), a camp located in Scottsville, Ky., for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
“The Center for Courageous Kids seeks to provide these children with a normal camp experience, free of charge,” explains Kappa’s Philanthropy Chair Emily Ackemann ’16. “CCK relies completely on donations to make this possible.”
The chapter has already raised $7,000 for CCK from the seesaw-a-thon it held earlier this semester with Beta Theta Pi, and hopes to raise even more with the date auction.
According to Kappa’s president Jenna Trost ’15, many Kappas regularly volunteer with CCK over the summer or on the weekends, making this cause especially meaningful to the chapter.
“Many of us have seen firsthand the amazing impact CCK can have on the lives of chronically ill children and their families,” says Trost. “Summer camp is something many of us take for granted, but for them it’s the opportunity to feel normal and forget about their everyday struggles. It’s a chance for them to be kids.”
by Caitlan Cole
Photo: Kappa Brooklyn Madrid ’16 was the winning bidder for a date with Nick Nunnelly ’16 at last year’s date auction.