On September 27, 2017, the Zeta Pi Chapter at the University of Georgia hosted its annual Wing Bash to raise money for the funding of its local philanthropy, the Turtle Grant.
"Wing Bash is known as one of the most popular fall Greek philanthropy events on campus as students and locals look forward to it each year," said Madeline Ryan, LAMP Editor. "This year, we raised approximately $6,000 dollars. Lindsay Leiner, Vice President of Philanthropy and junior, hosted Bite of Athens this past spring, as well as this year’s Wing Bash. She has done an outstanding job of organizing and preparing for our philanthropy events, as she has raised over $12,000 total through these events. Not only does Lindsay host and organize these events, but she also participates and volunteers at them, including volunteering at Cleveland Road Elementary.
"Each year, we have an outstanding turnout for Wing Bash," continued Madeline. "More than 800 people attended this year. At the event, we have wings from a vendor outside of Athens who cooks them fresh at our Delta Zeta house. During the event, we have a wing eating competition which is one of the main attractions. We also have live music, a raffle and a few local vendors. Our event is also pet-friendly, so lots of people bring their dogs, making this event even more inviting and fun for all.
"Wing Bash is such a unique event on campus because not only is it a night for everyone to gather and meet new friends, but it is also our chapter’s chance to raise money for our own local philanthropy, the Turtle Grant. This branch of our philanthropy is unique to the Zeta Pi Chapter in that it gives back directly to people in the Athens community. The most rewarding part about raising this money is that we can see its direct impact as it sponsors children and their families by providing hearing aids and sign language dictionaries to those who cannot afford them. Members of the Zeta Pi Chapter have been able to hand deliver dictionaries to these kids during our monthly holiday parties at Cleveland Road Elementary.
"We have already had the opportunity to host a back-to-school party for the kids in the deaf and hard-of-hearing program at Cleveland Road in September. Twenty-two Zeta Pi members did crafts and a scavenger hunt with the kids, and interacted with people who are impacted directly by our philanthropy. We are looking forward to hosting more holiday parties for the kids as we open the opportunity to volunteer at the school to our new pledge class as well as the rest of the chapter.
"Members of the Zeta Pi Chapter are consistently involved in bettering the Athens community through our own philanthropy as well as outside organizations<" concluded Madeline.