VERMILLION, S.D. — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and one University of South Dakota Fraternity is helping to raise awareness and funds all month. The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE), whose charity-of-choice is Cure Kids Cancer, is proud to engage the USD campus and Vermillion communities in their efforts as they help local children battle cancer.
Throughout September, the PIKES will be hosting the following events:
- September 14: Ribbon and awareness handout throughout campus
- September 24: Annual Dining for Kids event at Little Italy’s Restaurant (831 East Cherry Street). From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy two slices of pizza and a soft drink for $5. A large portion of the funds raised will benefit local, courageous children helped by Cure Kids Cancer.
- Numerous posts through our social media outlets to help raise awareness for this worthy cause.
- And much more..! Stay connected with us through our social media outlets at the bottom of the page!
Cure Kids Cancer’s mission is to help children’s cancer centers, like the one at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, find life-saving treatments and eventually cures for children’s cancer by raising funds and awareness. Cure Kids Cancer is a program of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Third-year Nursing major and Pi Kappa Alpha’s vice president of external affairs, Robert McCauley, of Primghar, IA, is proud of his fraternity’s accomplishments. “Cure Kids Cancer is a special organization to our fraternity. We are helping local kids battling for their lives,” McCauley said. “We are committed to making a difference.”
For more information about Pi Kappa Alpha at USD, please contact Nathan Christensen at (507) 215-5396 or by email at Nathan.D.Christensen@coyotes.usd.edu.
About Pi Kappa Alpha – Kappa Pi chapter at the University of South Dakota
Pi Kappa Alpha’s four cornerstones are Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, Gentlemen. Founded in 1868, Pi Kappa Alpha stands strong on over 230 college campuses throughout North America. At the University of South Dakota, the Kappa Pi chapter is the fraternity’s 256th link. During the 2014-145academic year, the USD PIKES boasted an active membership size of nearly 100 men, and dedicated more than 12,500 hours of service to the community. The chapter also donated over $37,500.00 to philanthropic causes and achieved an active chapter GPA of 3.023, with more than 35 brothers receiving Dean’s List status. At USD, PIKES hold more than 65 campus leadership roles and 100 percent of members are involved in a student organization outside of PIKE. For the past three years the chapter has won Pi Kappa Alpha’s most prestigious international honor, the Robert Adger Smythe Award. Learn more about the USD PIKES at www.USDPIKES.org, or by email: PIKES@usd.edu. Follow the PIKES on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USDPIKES, or www.twitter.com/USDPIKES.