It’s that time of year again! Time to kick off Eastern’s annual Toys for Tots campaign.
The Grants Office and the Veteran’s Resource Center will once again partner to support the local Marine Corps Reserve Battery in their efforts to collect toys for children in need. Last year, the EWU family donated many large boxes of toys and several hundred dollars to support this worthy project. All donations stay in the local area.
Look for Toys For Tots collection boxes all over campus. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped child’s toy. Donations can be placed in boxes from Nov. 1-Dec. 13. We will be collecting at the President’s Reception again this year as well. Cash donations are accepted and can be brought to the Grants Office. Online donations are also accepted. Please call the Grants Office at 359-6567 for instructions.
Even more families are expected to be in need this year. Filling the boxes throughout campus will help families in our region have a happy holiday season.
Thank you for your generosity!
The annual Sigma Phi Epsilon Haunted House will take place Oct. 24 and 25 from 7-11 p.m. at the fraternity’s chapter house across the street from Showalter Hall. The “Philena” will transform from fraternity house to a house of frights to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
For the first time since the philanthropy event began more than a decade ago, the fraternity’s haunted house will be held in partnership with ASEWU. “A main reason behind the ASEWU’s decision to create this event was to foster relationships with students and the university,” said ASEWU President Dahir Jigre via email. “With a main goal this year of positively impacting students’ lives, the ASEWU felt that this would be a great opportunity to give back to EWU.”
According to Kyle Dodson, Vice President of Programs for the fraternity, the haunted house typically raises about $2,000 for charity. “We chose the Wounded Warrior Project because everyone in the house is very patriotic and we have some active brothers in the chapter who are in the reserves, as well as alumni who are or have been in the armed forces,” said Dodson.
While the haunted house is a free event open to students, faculty, staff (and their families) and Cheney residents, Sigma Phi Epsilon will give any donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Jigre suggested a $5 donation, which will be collected at the door.
“We’re excited to be doing this with ASEWU and to help get the Greek system involved with the university more. We want to be a fraternity that helps and is a benefit to the university and community we’re a part of,” said Dodson. “One-hundred percent of the donations will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.”
A tour guide will lead groups through the two floors of fraternity house, which will have Halloween-themed rooms (think: scary clowns, masks, etc.). Guides will communicate with those involved in the rooms so as to make the tour age appropriate for younger children.
EWU’s Interfraternity Council will be conducting a philanthropy event entitled “Fill the Bus” on May 8 outside the URC. The goal is to fill a campus recreation bus with school supplies to be donated to the Cheney School District for distribution.
“While it is the end of the school year, many kids have run out of supplies and schools can get a jump on stockpiling for the next year,” said Samantha Armstrong-Ash, Advisor Student Leadership Education.
The Interfraternity Council is asking for basic school supplies, such as pencils, paper, rulers and notebooks. Any items can just be dropped off at the bus, which will be parked outside the URC for the entire day. Members of IFC will be on hand to help organize the donations and promote the event.
“IFC felt that a philanthropy event during spring Rush would be great for two reasons: we have the opportunity to bring people together to help others, and it provides us a great way to improve the image of the Greek system by spreading the word that we do a significant amount of community service, as well philanthropy events throughout the EWU and Cheney community,” said IFC President, Nick Sweeney. “Bring your extra school supplies down or buy some to donate to help the community we live in!”
On April 19-21, members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Eastern Washington University will take part in a fundraising event to benefit the ALS Association, which seeks to find a cure for what’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as well as funding for scholarships. The fraternity men plan to run a relay race from Cheney to the Iron Horse Monument above the Columbia River at Vantage, Wash.
The 170-mile trek is in conjunction with other Phi Delta Theta chapters in the state – including University of Washington and University of Puget Sound in the Seattle area, as well as Whitman University in Walla Walla. “The plan is to have a concerted effort to raise awareness and funding for Lou Gehrig’s Disease while also building brotherhood with other Phi Delts throughout the state,” said Kyle Bondo, president of the EWU chapter. “All proceeds are split evenly between the ALS Association and the Phi Delta Theta Foundation, which awards undergraduate and graduate scholarships to Phi Delta Theta members.”
Approximately 15 members will begin running Friday afternoon and plan to reach the centrally located monument Sunday evening. “We’ll be camping along the way and will meet the other chapters at Vantage,” said Bondo. “We picked the Iron Horse Monument because it was in the middle of the state and kept the mileage about the same for all the chapters, and, of course, because Lou Gehrig, who was a member of Phi Delta Theta, was nicknamed the Iron Horse.”
While the chapter’s goal is to raise $10,000 and become designated as an “Iron Phi” chapter, a distinguished recognition according to Bondo, they’ve currently collected $1,061.50. Members will be dispersing throughout Cheney in the coming days, seeking to garner donations from local businesses and individuals.
If any staff, faculty or other students would like to donate to the cause, secure transactions are handled by a third-party vendor and can be made on the chapter’s Iron Phi team page by clicking the “Make a gift!” link on the right side of the page.
On April 19, the women of Gamma Phi Beta will host a grilled cheese and soup feed at their sorority house, located at 317 College Avenue in Cheney. The proceeds will sponsor youth in the surrounding region so that they can attend a summer camp hosted by Campfire USA. In doing so, Gamma Phi Beta hopes to provide an opportunity that will enrich the lives of the youth; instill strength in character and limitless opportunity as the future leaders of our community.
Campfire USA has been the national philanthropy project for Gamma Phi Beta since 2002. Campfire USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes overall development, self-esteem and leadership in youth. Gamma Phi Beta’s philanthropic mission is Building Strong Girls, and the Eastern Washington University chapter is committed to inspiring and touching the lives of the girls and boys that they can reach.
Please join Gamma Phi Beta in this this hope into a reality. All are welcome to attend. The event will take place from 3-8 p.m., April 19, 2013. Entrance is free, although a $5 donation to help support this cause is appreciated.
EWU’s TRiO programs and the EWU TRiO Club are sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit the local Cheney Clothing Bank. The goal is to “Fill Up The Mall” through collection of clothing between March 11 and April 10. On April 10, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the TRiO Club will host a party on the campus mall where all of the clothes collected will be displayed. The event will include a DJ pumping out the tunes and a Thrift Store Photo Booth.
If you have clean, reusable clothes you would like to donate, drop them off in the silver boxes available throughout EWU’s Cheney campus. Clothing may also be brought to the April 10 event for donation. Highly requested items include new, unused socks and undergarments. The Cheney Clothing Bank provides all its clothing to consumers free of charge.
April 10 is also National TRiO Day. As part of the festivities, TRiO will be celebrating in Hargreaves Hall, room 201, from 2-4 p.m. Stop in to learn more about TRiO, see what TRiO students are doing in the community and to support TRiO – and, of course, to partake of the cake that they will have, too!
For more information, contact Molly Orheim 509.359.6144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dressler Hall will host the 18th Annual Dressler 3-on-3 Basketball tournament for EWU students, faculty, staff and community members. The event will take place Saturday May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Dressler Hall basketball courts and will cost $5 per person. All participants will receive a T-shirt as a part of their entry and there will be a Men’s and Co-ed Tournament. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
If you have any questions please contact Michelle Schultz at email@example.com.
Once again, we are proud to announce our participation in the Toys for Tots campaign. This year, the Grants Office and the new Veterans Resource Center are happy to support the local Marine Corps Reserve Battery in their efforts to bring some holiday joy to local children in need. Last year the EWU community once again stepped up by donating seven full boxes of toys and hundreds of dollars used to buy much-needed new toys.
Starting Nov. 16, the student veterans from the Veterans Resource Center will distribute Toys for Tots collection boxes throughout campus. The need is very great again this year. Please show that great Eagle spirit by donating a new, unwrapped, age-appropriate toy for children ages 0 through 12. Donations can be placed in boxes through December 20. Boxes will be picked up as needed throughout the month with the last collection on December 21.
Please call the Grants Office at 359-6567 with questions and THANK YOU!