Not only does Lambda Iota strive to enhance the lives of our brothers, but we also strive to give back to the community and to give support to those in need. We do this through philanthropy and community service work.
In February Lambda Iota hosted our annual Fiji Foreplay, a putt-putt tournament in which 18 rooms volunteer to transform their room into a miniature golf hole. Wood is used to frame the hole and obstacles are put in place in order make the holes challenging. Sorority sponsored teams then proceed to play a round of mini golf. The ladies of Chi Omega have captured the first place title the past two years. From registration fees, shirt sales, and donations, Fiji Foreplay raised over $4000 for the United Way of Greater Lafayette.
Lambda Iota is very committed to philanthropy, and we have seen a clear need to expand in this area of operation. Thus, we are enthusiastically planning a new philanthropy event, which will take place this upcoming fall. It is called “The Hustle on Russell,” which will benefit The Red Cross. The Hustle on Russell will be a 100-meter foot race that will take place on Russell Street right in front of our chapter house. There will be a men’s and women’s division for fraternities and sororities to slate their fastest runner to complete for the title of the fastest Greek on campus. We are very excited about this event. Stay posted for further details.
Lambda Iota also does a lot of work within the Greater-Lafayette community. We team up with Lafayette’s Community and Family Resource Center (CFRC) for several activities. Lambda Iota sends brothers to mentor and spend time with the children at CFRC each evening during the week for several months. Each December around Christmas time, we invite the children from CFRC to our elaborately decorated house for a Christmas party. We provide dinner, activities, and presents for these children. In addition to this, over 15 Lambda Iota brothers actively participate in the Lafayette branch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Lambda Iota has much zeal and enthusiasm toward philanthropic events. It is an enriching experience to have a positive impact on the lives of others. Lambda Iota fully recognizes the importance of philanthropy work, and we Fijis take it very seriously.