Chapter Service & Philanthropy
Being a part of Theta means not only making a commitment to your sisters, but to your community as well. Our chapter truly takes this to heart and devotes over 2000 hours every year to service and philanthropy events held on and off the Cornell campus! We are extremely proud of the support we have offered and money we have raised as a chapter. In addition, the individual service accomplishments of our sisters demonstrate our diverse interests and global awareness. Cornell Thetas have been participated in service projects all over the United States and as far away as India, Peru, and Nicaragua!
Iota’s have also been moved and motivated by philanthropic causes that are close to home. Our chapter has taken special initiative to support the awareness and research fundraising efforts of lung and breast cancers – cancers that have directly affected our Theta sisters and their loved ones. These events have become an integral part of our sisterhood and the Cornell community. If you have any questions about philanthropy, please contact our Service and Philanthropy Director, Santana Silver (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Every April, Iota’s host the campus-wide Rock the CASA Volleyball Tournament and BBQ in support of Court Appointed Special Advocates. We cross our fingers for a sunny Ithaca day and spend the afternoon running competitive and just-for-fun beach volleyball tournaments at Chi Psi Fraternity. During the tournament, there are hot dogs and hamburgers hot of the grill, live music, hand-spun cotton candy, raffles, and – of course – a dunk tank! Rock the CASA is a perfect way to celebrate the start of spring at Cornell and raise money for the amazing volunteers that help children navigate the court and foster care systems.
The Jog for Ingrid 5K is a walk/run through the beautiful Cornell Plantations aimed at beating lung cancer big time! In March 2011, current Iota senior Ingrid Nunez was diagnosis with stage-four lung cancer. Her diagnosis came as a shock to all given Ingrid is a non-smoker. Without skipping a beat, Ingrid continued classes at Cornell while waging a personal and public battle against lung cancer. Soon after her diagnosis, Ingrid joined the Jill’s Legacy Advisory Board to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and brought the first “Jog for Ingrid” 5K to Cornell in September 2011. Thetas have sponsored “Jog for Ingrid” at Cornell for the last three years, and have helped Ingrid raise over $100,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation! Theta’s looks forward to organizing the event for years to come. We love you, Ingy!
This past November, Theta sisters helped to bring the GOPiNK organization to Cornell! GOPiNK seeks to educate young men and women on the risks and impact of breast cancer and also supports breast cancer programs and research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Theta partnered with six other Greek chapters to host a formal gala and educational seminar. The entire Cornell community came out for a night of fantastic DJ-ing, dancing, delicious treats, and all pink festivities. The educational seminar featured distinguished breast cancer researchers and survivors. The event raised over $17,000 in its first year! The Iota chapter is excited to add GOPiNK to its annual philanthropy commitments.