By far the yummiest philanthropy, Pi Phi Pizookies was held at the Chapter house this year on October 19th from eight to midnight! For those of you who are not familiar with the beauty of what is called a pizookie - it is a warm cookie that is slightly underbaked with ice cream on top! Friends and family got to eat endless pizookies for just five dollars. We needed all hands on deck to pull off this philanthropy, so girls were pre-making pizookie cookies all day long to prepare! We ended up making over 1,000 pizookes and raising $3,613 to donate to our philanthropy, Read>Lead>Achieve, which promotes childhood literacy initiatives across the nation. It has been such an amazing experience working with the chapter to plan these philanthropy events and I can’t wait to see what next year’s VP of Philanthropy, Emma Samson will plan!
With the incredible work of our Director of Service & Philanthropy, Isabella Zuroske, the support of all of our CA Theta members, and the efforts of the entire Greek community, our chapter raised over $15,000 for our philanthropy Read>Lead>Achieve.
Although Arrowjam was at the end of the quarter, its preparation began long before then for both Pi Beta Phi and all of the fraternities and sororities involved. For the 21st year in a row, the greek community came together to support Read>Lead>Achieve through a fun, spirited dance competition that concluded after a week of coin wars, t-shirt sales, and other smaller fundraisers. Many of our sisters had the pleasure of coaching either a fraternity or sorority throughout the quarter, and three amazing and talented sisters took on the task of choreographing and teaching Pi Beta Phi’s own dance. A huge shoutout to Caroline Rutten, Dana Dossmann, and Gabriella Bond for choreographing this year's dance!
Caroline Rutten, whose third year it was coaching our dance said, “My favorite part of Arrowjam is the final moments before going on stage. We all worked so hard for eight weeks to perfect these dances and as a coach it is so cool to see your sisters get excited to go on stage. That collective pre-performance jitters excitement is what makes me want to do it each year and makes all the hard work you have to put in as a coach worth it.”
Click the link below to watch Pi Phi's dance routine for Arrowjam 2020
Some of our members had the honor of participating in this year’s national celebration of Pi Beta Phi’s Fraternity Day of Service in Sacramento, California. We had the opportunity to volunteer at a local elementary school where our members were thrilled to read to and alongside children, all while educating about the importance of literacy for a lifetime of success.