Phi Kap Phield Day to raise money for charity

Phi Kappa Sigma members hope to raise around $8,000 to give to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Phi Kap Phield Day.

“This year will probably be the most money ever donated [by TCU Phi Kaps],” junior journalism major Max Montemer said.

Nationally, Phi Kap donated money to the society. The money went to research companies who help blood cancer patients, Montemer said.

Phi Kap raised an average amount of $5,000 for the society each year, freshman criminal justice major Chris Cochran said. This year, the fraternity exceeded that amount but the amount is not finalized due to the fact the fundraisers have not ended.

“Last year we weren’t making as much money as we should have been donating,” Montemer said.

This year, members reached out to local businesses and used social media to promote the event, Montemer said.

Penny jars, t-shirt sales, Raising Cane’s, Rawlings, Smoothie King and other businesses around Fort Worth gave 15 percent of their proceeds to Phi Kap, Cochran said.

Freshman education major Kemberly Meriwether said she bought a t-shirt and put coins in the Alpha Chi penny jar to help raise money for the society.

“It [Leukemia & Lymphoma Society] is a great cause and we’re [sorority girls] are just out here supporting Phi Kap and what they do,” Meriwether said.

To get the sororities involved, Phi Kap members met with each Panhellenic chapter and HIS to invite them to the Phield Day, Cochran said.

Each team cost $75 and each sorority could have as many teams as they wanted, Cochran said.

A total of 11 sororities competed, Montemer said. Two sororities, Alpha Chi Omega and Gamma Phi Beta, created two teams within their sorority.

Five events took place at the Phield Day. The events included a water balloon toss, a fireman relay, a relay race, tug-of-war, and the “finest coach,” Cochran said.
Tug-of-war was a favorite event for Meriwether, she said.

The graduating seniors of Phi Kap judge each group’s coaches and decided the “prettiest “ man, Cochran said.

“It’s like a male beauty contest. The girls bring clothes, make-up and other things and put on a fashion show,” Montemer said.

The men planned the event for five months, he said. They have looked forward to this event for a while.

“Philanthropy events are a part of being in a fraternity,” Cochran said.