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"Beat It for Charity"—a week of philanthropy and fun

From April 12 to 16, three fraternities—Chi Psi, Phi Kappa Theta and Theta Chi—and two sororities—Alpha Gamma Delta and Delta Gamma—will host a series of events to raise both awareness and money for charities.

The American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society and the Children’s Miracle Network will benefit from Lehigh’s “Beat It for Charity” Week.

The fraternities and sororities have chosen the Michael Jackson silhouette as their logo because he was a global pop icon and because each charity has a goal of helping to overcome an illness or struggle—or simply to “beat it,” says Pranish Kantak ‘12, philanthropy chair of Chi Psi fraternity.

The kickoff event, a luau on Monday, April 12, in Chi Psi’s parking lot, will feature a pig roast and a concert by Sandlot Heroes.

The remaining 2010 “Beat It for Charity” Week events are:

Tuesday, April 13: 12-hour dance-a-thon on the UC front lawn

Sponsored by Phi Kappa Theta, this event will begin at noon on a stage on the UC front lawn. Refreshments will be available for participants. The event will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. To learn more, contact Ryan Wrigley, philanthropy chair of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, at rdw212@lehigh.edu.

Wednesday, April 14: Dunk for Diabetes

This six-hour fundraiser runs from noon to 6 p.m. on the UC front lawn and benefits the American Diabetes Association. Its sponsor, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, has rented a dunk tank. Lehigh students will have the opportunity to hit a target and send a student, professor or staff member into a dunk tank. To learn more about Dunk for Diabetes, contact Melissa Goleb, philanthropy chair of Alpha Gamma Delta, at mag212@lehigh.edu.

Thursday, April 15: “Fashion for the Cure”

A fashion show from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in Lamberton Hall—co-sponsored by Delta Gamma sorority and Theta Chi fraternity—will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For more information contact Kristin Vasmanis, philanthropy chair of Delta Gamma, at kmv211@lehigh.edu or Steven Bialick, philanthropy chair of Theta Chi, at srb210@lehigh.edu.

Friday, April 16: Casino Night

This event at Chi Psi fraternity, in which guests will make a donation at the door, will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Pranish Kantak, the fraternity’s philanthropy chair, at pak212@lehigh.edu.

For more on “Beat It for Charity” visit http://www.beatitforcharity.com.

Story by Bill Doherty

Posted on Friday, April 09, 2010

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