As a chapter we are so proud to be supporting Reading is Fundamental (RIF), an organization committed to a literate America where all children have the opportunities that literacy provides, and other very worthwhile charities throughout the school year. Duncan Chapel Elementary is our primary local philanthropy. Our members are passionate and dedicated to going to their after school programs and helping students with reading and writing. We work with kids from grades first through fourth, all while making genuine connections and bonds with the children we interact with.
In the spring of 2017, we started our new main spring fundraiser, Grilled Cheese With KKGs. This event is an all-you-can-eat style buffet of grilled cheese sandwiches, made by our own Furman Catering Company. Along with a variety of grilled cheese options, we serve chips, cookies and drinks and provide live entertainment from Furman's own women's acapella group, The Belles. We raised over $1,200 in just two hours for Reading Is Fundamental.
Our annual Kappa Cook Off is Eta Alpha's main fall fundraiser for the philanthropies that we support. One day each fall, all of the Greek organizations on campus come out to compete for best burger and dessert, all while raising money for Reading Is Fundamental. Sororities bring desserts, while fraternities grill hamburgers. We sell tickets all week long and at the event for meals to the Furman public.
We as a chapter also enjoying working with other sororities, fraternities, and the greater Greenville community for community service and philanthropy. Participating in everything from relay races to dance competitions is always a fun way to support other Panhellenic philanthropies- and we're always proud to place in these competitions as we often do. Furman is a small school with a tight Greek community that makes supporting various philanthropies easy, and has been very beneficial to our own chapter events.
Relay for Life, a walk to help support cancer research, is very dear to Eta Alpha chapter's heart. We have a tradition of dedicated participation in this event. Every year we aim to raise $1000 to fund lifesaving cancer research. In 2015-2016 school year, we raised over 200% of our goal and were the second-highest Greek fundraising team. Eta Alpha has had alumnas, mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and friends battle cancer. Relay is a way for us to honor our loved ones and support Kappa sisters affected by cancer not only in our community, but nationwide.