At Kappa, we place the highest regard for philanthropy and contributing to the livelihood of our community. We instill this value in our members by sponsoring and supporting events on the UNL campus, and by simply volunteering our time.
Kappa holds two significant events each year. In the fall, we have an event called Kappa Karnival. It is held from 10pm to 2am and in those four hours we provide unlimited funnel cakes, soda, and music to all who come. In addition to the food and entertainment, our main event is the dunk tank. Attendees can pay a dollar for three softballs, throw them at the bulls eye, and get the chance to “dunk their favorite Kappa”. Chaotic splashes and bursts of laughter can be heard throughout the night, confirming how much fun we have raising money for local charities. During the 2010-2011 school-year, Kappa Karnival raised money that went towards the local charity the Alzheimer's Association and the KKG Foundation Holiday Sharing Program.
This past spring, we decided to try out a new theme for our second philanthropy. The event was titled Kappa Goes Country and it featured a mechanical bull that visitors were able to ride. Along with country music and the ever entertaining mechanical bull, people enjoyed pulled pork, Texas toast, chips, cookies and pop. Our proceeds from this event were donated to the American Cancer Society.
Kappa’s National Philanthropy-Reading is Fundamental:
Kappa’s national philanthropy is the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. It all began with a woman named Margaret McNamara in 1966. RIF is an international organization that works towards the distribution of books and reading motivational organization that teaches children to read as well as encouraging them to keep up with their literacy skills throughout their lifetimes.
In 2004 Kappa adopted RIF as its national philanthropy. In Lincoln, we support the program through tutoring programs, financial donations, and something we like to call the Pen Pal Program. The Pen Pal Program is a semester long event where we team up with a local elementary school and write letters back in forth to the students to help encourage reading and writing. Everybody who participates looks forward to hearing what their pen pal has to say.