By Hayley Gibson
The annual party, which will be held at Waco City Limits, typically draws hundreds of students who wear “red if they are taken, green if they are single and yellow if they are confused,” according to the Facebook event page.
All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to Iloveorphans.
com, the charity created in 2004 by Phi Kappa Chi alumni who started a fund to build an orphanagein Bukalba, Uganda.
Every year since, the fraternity has sent a group on a summer mission trip to the orphanage.
“There’s that phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ that makes it easy to forget that there are people in need,” part chairman Jonathan Anzollitto said. “This is an easy way for people to help out those who aren’t getting the necessities of life.”
According to Iloveorphans.com, the first phase Children’s Center is now open, and the charity
is raising money for the second
phase, the Bukaleba Nursery School.
Last year, the Stoplight Party raised $5,000 for the orphanage, which helped fund water, food and medical attention.
A second party chairman, Nicholas Leonard, said that Phi Kappa Chi expects about 1,500 people to come out for the party.
The party will be held at Waco City Limits this year instead of the party’s usual location, the Dr Pepper
Museum, due to renovations.
Anzollitto expects the location to fit the party perfectly, as long as the weather is good.
“There will be firepits going, and it will definitely be a different atmosphere than the Dr Pepper Museum,” Anzollitto said.
Leonard said he hopes people will come out to the party and enjoy themselves while making a difference for the fraternity’s philanthropy.
“It’s a good time, and there will be free drinks, and you can donate to a great cause,” Leonard said.
Anzollitto said supporting this ministry is an integral part of being a member of a Christian fraternity.
“I am a big proponent of local missions, but as a Christian organization,
we also want to spread the love of Christ to all nations,” Anzollitto
Waco City Limits is located at 517 S. 8th St. Cost is $5 per person at the door and the party will be from 9 p.m. to midnight.