Some of the most beneficial involvement opportunities on-campus occur when organizations host philanthropy events. These events not only offer enjoyment to students, but they also give back to a greater cause. Some organizations host an entire week of philanthropy events to increase the fun as well as awareness, such as Zeta Tau Alpha who will be hosting its annual Pink Week beginning next week from October 7th until October 13th.
ZTA’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness. The organization is committed to supporting this cause through awareness and fundraising during their unique Pink Week. When asked what the most impactful part of ZTA's philanthropy is, philanthropy chair Nicole Stoinski responded, “seeing the impact on real life people. We are raising awareness and possibly saving lives. We hear stories all the time about how because of our philanthropy, someone got checked out and caught breast cancer early. Seeing the impact on real life people drives what we do.” In the past, the Missouri S&T’s Eta Theta chapter alone has been able to raise awareness to hundreds of people that have participated in their pink week events. In the last year, the chapter was able to raise over $10,000 from its philanthropic events and $7,500 of that was raised during Pink Week alone.
To kick off the week, ZTA will be holding their Lend-A-Hand event on Monday October 7th. This event will take place outside of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, and individuals are encouraged to show their support for breast cancer education and awareness by painting their hand pink and leaving a handprint on a Lend-A-Hand poster. On Tuesday, ZTA will be hosting their Cupcakes for a Cure event where sweet treats will be sold outside of Harris Hall to raise money for their philanthropy. Wednesday night, the chapter invites all individuals to come to Havener and enjoy the Crown Prince Pageant where male representatives from various organizations will compete for the title Mr. Think Pink and Crowned Prince. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, the public is gladly welcomed to attend ZTA’s Think Pink Think Puppies event at the Puck. ZTA is working with the Tri-County Humane Society to bring adoptable puppies to campus for everyone to play and interact with. On Friday, members will be inside the Havener Center Atrium handing out pink lemonade to anyone who stops by for their Think Pink, Drink Pink event.
As the weekend rolls around, the events continue. Saturday afternoon, the community is invited to the Gale-Bullman building to enjoy the chapter’s Pink Out Volleyball Game. The philanthropy week will finish strong on Sunday with Zeta Tau Alpha’s infamous Queso for a Cure event. The community is encouraged to come to the Zeta house and purchase a ticket that is redeemable for access to a burrito bar. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the event and the money fundraised will then be donated to support Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. This week brings more than fun for the entire community; it recognizes and supports a cause that is personal to many people.