Rockhurst fraternity braves rlements to raise money for Boys and Girls Club
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ROCKHURST FRATERNITY BRAVES ELEMENTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL CAUSE Inaugural Pi Kappa Alpha Fire Truck Pull a Success
As part of a week-long philanthropic effort benefitting The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, the men of Pi Kappa Alpha, also known as the Pikes, at Rockhurst University held its inaugural Fire Truck Pull Challenge on Thursday, March 21st. Despite inclement weather, including freezing temperatures and snow, teams of students assembled on campus to compete to pull a fire truck the fastest across a set distance. Over nine hundred dollars was raised for The Boys and Girls Club, an organization that provides a fun and safe environment for over seven thousand local youth to develop, learn, play, and grow.
In addition to the fire truck pull, the Pikes also hosted several other fundraising events throughout the week. Festivities included a kickball tournament, raffle, car smash bash, and Pie-a-Pike in which students were able to purchase a whipped cream pie to hurl at the Fraternity man of their choice. Prior to the fire truck pull, Don Schreiner, Director of Individual Giving for The Boys and Girls Club, spoke to the students at Rockhurst.
Luke Murphy, the Fraternity’s philanthropy chair is quoted saying, “When the weather reports came out, we were kind of nervous about how many people would actually participate and were ecstatic when the event turned out to be a success nonetheless. We are very thankful for all the help we received from both Rockhurst and the many businesses that helped us in our efforts. Without them, our philanthropy week would not have been nearly as successful.”
The men of Pi Kappa Alpha were provided aid from the University, which supplied hot chocolate to the fire truck pull participants and on-lookers, as well as a number of local businesses. Kevin Ryan, owner of Governor Stumpy’s Grill House in Waldo, contributed his antique 1972 American LeFrance fire engine for their event. Items such as gift certificates and memorabilia were donated by Price Chopper, Hyvee, Waldo Pizza, The Roasterie, and Panera Bread; and dinner was provided for participants in the Fire Truck Pull Challenge thanks to a donation by Chick-Fil-A.
Pi Kappa Alpha is a Greek letter social fraternity with over 220 chapters and colonies and over 250,000 lifetime initiates in the United States and Canada. Pi Kappa Alpha's members strive to be Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen, and they seek excellence in everything they do.
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