By Bre Nichols
The sororities Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma are teaming up to create an all-university event featuring a pancake dinner and an Uproar Records concert to support charity: water. The event will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. today.
The group charity: water is a non-profit organization seeking to increase the access to clean, safe drinking water for citizens of developing countries.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the charity. The sororities hope to raise $5,000 through the event to cover the cost of building one well.
“Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war,” according to the charity: water official website.
Dallas junior Kaylaynn McAdams, president of Pi Beta Phi and co-leader of the event, said the idea to create a fundraiser for the organization came up last year when the previous presidents of the two sororities heard about charity: water and were inspired to get involved.
“Since the plans fell through for the event last year, we decided to go forward with it this semester,” McAdams said.
Houston junior Ali Tucker, president of Kappa Kappa Gamma and co-leader of the event, said the sororities have been fundraising throughout the year in order to reach their goal.
“If we raise $5,000, we can fund a water project in a village that would serve on average 250 people,” Tucker said.
McAdams said she believes the fundraiser will lead the sororities closer to their goal while also bringing the campus together to support the organization.
“We want everyone to come out and have a good time, eat pancakes and relax while listening to Uproar artists, and also supporting a new cause,” McAdams said.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $8. With a ticket, each person will receive all-you-can-eat pancakes as well as a chance to enter their name into a raffle twice.
Prizes for the raffle include services provided by the sorority members, like tutoring, yoga classes and even motorcycle lessons from one member whose dad owns a motorcycle shop.
In effort to raise as much money as possible, the sororities are also holding a contest for Baylor fraternities, McAdams said. They have asked each fraternity to collect money, and the one that raises the most by Monday night’s event will win a pizza party mixer with Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma.