Organizations all over Nacogdoches raise money for charities here in town and nationwide. What drives these great organizations to perform all of these kind acts year round? Of course it is out of the kindness of their hearts that these people come together to achieve a common goal, but what goes into it? How does an organization pick a charity or cause? How do these events effect the community here? What is going on behind the scenes that make these events so successful, year after year?
SFA fraternities and sororities greatly attribute to these philanthropic efforts by working year round to raise goods or money. Jack McCann SFA senior and philanthropy chairman for the Greek organization Tau Kappa Epsilon shed some light on his experiences. “Philanthropy is very important, in several ways. Hosting philanthropy events gives us a chance to give back to those who are in need or to give to those who are focus on helping others. I love participating in philanthropy events. I like to believe that I am living a pretty fortunate life, and I think that it is my responsibility to give back.”
McCann says, “My fraternity hosts all kinds of philanthropic events. Our main event that we host every spring is the Miss Greek beauty pageant. The new event that we are currently working on is an arm wrestling competition called, “Over The Top.” We are hoping to have that event in the spring as well. We are all very excited about these upcoming events.”
“Planning these types of events takes a lot of time, and is a group effort,” says McCann. “I usually try to have a group of guys that want to help with the event and sit down and have a meeting with them. We discuss several different things, such as time and location, what type of event it will be, who our target audience will be and where we would like to donate the benefits. We then look into how we will advertise for the event. Then a tentative schedule is drawn up and is absolutely subject to change. In a nutshell these are some of the things that we discuss in our philanthropy meetings.”
“We pick who we donate the money to usually by who we are nationally partnered with. In some cases, should an unfortunate natural disaster happen, we may host an event in honor of the place that it happened at, and we would send the money to that town, to help rebuild or repair.”
“Our events help the community in several ways. We give the community a chance to give just as much back as we do! We try to get donations from local businesses, and in return for their donations we will place their business logo on any type of advertisements we have for the event.”
To get a female perspective, Nicole Bell, a junior member of Delta Delta Delta sorority at SFA, explains her experience of philanthropy.
“Delta Delta Delta holds annual events nationwide for St. Jude Children’s Research hospital such as Pancake Breakfast, Letter Writing, and an all day softball tournament: Triple Play.”
“Philanthropy is important because it’s the essence of true humanity. It allows our society to not only work together for the common good of others but to have a long term relationship where change is being witnessed.”
These kind actions do not go unnoticed, all of the philanthropy in East Texas has effected countless lives. Whether it be feeding a hungry child down the street or putting clothes on someone’s back 1000 miles away. To give is the greatest gift of all, and the gifts keep on coming here in East Texas.