When parents converge on campus for Family Weekend Sept. 18-19, they will likely see students see-sawing in front of the Campus Center. But never fear, they’re not in a class called Basics of Playground Equipment—they are playing with a cause.
“See-Saw-A-Thon is a dual philanthropic event put on by Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority,” says David Mauer ’18, Beta service and philanthropy chair. “The 24-hour event will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and will end at 6 p.m. the following day.”
During this time, each Kappa and each Beta will see-saw for at least one, thirty-minute shift and the process will continue for the entire 24 hours without intermission.
“For the last several months, both Greek organizations have contacted our generous donors and have raised several thousand dollars before the event even kicks off,” Mauer continues. “The respective philanthropies of Beta and Kappa are Wilderness Trace Child Development Center (WTCDC) and the Center for Courageous Kids (CCK). Both of these organizations aim to support children in Danville and elsewhere with obstacles they might face, including physical and developmental ailments.
The non-profit WTCDC serves children with special needs alongside typical children, allowing children with disabilities to interact and communicate with children of their own age while receiving specialized services. CCK is a not-for-profit childrens’ medical camping facility in Scottsville, Ky., where children living with life threatening illnesses and their families come to spend time having fun free of charge.
“Both Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Kappa Gamma believe that these children are treasures, not only to their families but also to their communities, and we are committed to giving them support they deserve,” he says. “These kids are our inspirations.”
Centre’s Greek community was recently named #8 in the nation for service-oriented Greek life by Best College Reviews. Last year, Centre’s 10 sororities and fraternities recorded more than 9,000 service hours, raising more than $66,000 for charitable organizations.
The Sunspots, a local classic rock band, will kick-off the event on Friday at 6 p.m. Band members include Centre’s own John Rusnak, web and communications assistant; Rob Bosco, assistant professor of international studies; and Brian Cusato, associate professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience. The teams also will be selling food from Brother’s BBQ, a local Danville eatery. The party will begin again at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with music, a food truck and information about the philanthropies.
by Cindy Long
September 15, 2015