by Bekah Ervin
The Mu chapter of Kappa Delta held their annual Shamrock Week from February 22 to 27. Amy Peters, who serves as vice president of community service for the chapter, spoke about their events and her outlook on the week as whole.
The Purple and White: What is Kappa Delta’s national philanthropy?
Amy Peters: Kappa Delta’s national philanthropies are Prevent Child Abuse America, Orthopedic Research Awards, and The Children’s Hospital of Richmond. We also have a partnership with Girl Scouts of America.
P&W: Who specifically benefited from your recent philanthropy activities?
AP: 80 percent of our proceeds from our Shamrock Project go to the local Children’s Justice Center, while 20 percent of our proceeds go to the national PCAA.
P&W: Can you explain Shamrock Week and what all it entailed this year?
AP: Shamrock Week is a week full of events that help raise money for PCAA. We have a weeklong penny war, which is where we nominate a male from each fraternity, a teacher, and a non-Greek to compete to become Mr. Shamrock. This year, the guys all got really competitive and it became one of the most fun and successful penny wars we have had! Then during the week, we host a two hour long KD Toll-way which is where we stand at all gates of campus and ask for people’s car change in order for us to let them drive by. The final and main event we have is Emerald Evening! This is a silent auction that we held at our lodge this year. There was live music, food, and lots of cool auction items for people to bid on! We had a Yeti, art made by our own members, gift cards, and lots more! Our main goal for this event was to create a fun atmosphere that helps raise awareness and money for PCAA. Near the end of Emerald Evening, we announced Mr. Shamrock, and Scottie Dennis from Pi Kappa Alpha won! He and the other participants really did make the Penny War so memorable and successful for us.
P&W: What do you enjoy most about being Vice President of Community Service?
AP: I enjoy so many things about being VP-CS. The main thing is being able to plan an event [that] helps raise so much awareness for such a great cause. The fact that 80 percent of our proceeds stay right here in Mississippi makes it that much more rewarding for our chapter. I also really love that every member of Mu Chapter really cares about philanthropy, and this week never fails to bring our chapter even closer than we were.
P&W: Any final remarks to those that supported KD’s Shamrock Week?
AP: We want to thank everyone who participated this year during our Shamrock Project. Whether you donated five cents or one hundred dollars, your contributions will really make a huge difference in helping prevent child abuse.