The past two weeks have proven to be very eventful for Illinois Gamma, as the chapter took on both Greek Week and their Home Run Derby for The ALS Association.
Greek Week 2013 was themed “The few, the proud, the Greek.” With the military theme, the universal philanthropic organization was the United Service Organization, an organization that brings aid to thousands of American soldiers overseas. During the week, Illinois Gamma raised $225 and donated more than 200 canned goods. For the Greek Week skit, Phi Delta Theta was paired with Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) and Pi Beta Phi. The team known as “The Tri-Phis” won second place for their banner and first place for theirt skit. The Greek Life Awards Banquet demonstrated that a unified chapter of hardworking men brings success. Phi Delta Theta was able to secure seven major awards: Emerging Male Greek Leader (Adam Ruble), Outstanding Greek President (Dan Asbell), Greek Demigod of the Year (Donald Sparks), The Richard “Doc” Kieft Award (Jake Nysather), Outstanding Chapter Program, Award for Excellence in Civic Responsibility and was named the winner of Greek Week! This was the first year, since Illinois Gamma’s re-colonization in 2007, that the chapter took home the overall Greek Week award.
Despite an intense schedule following Greek Week, Illinois Gamma was able to put on a successful Home Run Derby. Led by Philanthropy Chairman Dan Asbell, Illinois Gamma brothers spent previous weeks going around to local businesses in the greater Monmouth and Galesburg area securing prize donations for the event. Brother Asbell received two tickets to a baseball game from the St. Louis Cardinals. This prize was turned into a raffle with all money raised going to The ALS Association. With over 20 prizes available to win at the Derby, the stage was set for success. Illinois Gamma attracted many people to the Home Run Derby and raised $550.