DAYTON, Ohio – “Get involved!” is a common call to action at the University of Dayton. By hosting the first blood drive of the school year in coordination with the annual Greek Week festivities students are boosting their fraternities and sororities, helping save lives, and even making a child’s dream come true.
The Tuesday, Sept. 26 blood drive at the RecPlex was the first of eight Community Blood Center blood drives scheduled at UD in 2017-2018, all with volunteer support from multiple student sponsor groups.
This year Greek Week partnered with the blood drive by encouraging all fraternity and sorority chapters to earn points in the Greek Week competition by recruiting at least three donors.
The Greeks filled the donor beds during the six-hour blood drive, totaling 109 donors, 60 first-time donors and 79 donations for 120 percent of the collection goal.
“Our chapter has a bunch of people coming in,” said Sarah Rieker, a Chi Omega blood donor and president of the Panhellenic Council, which organizes Greek Week with the Interfraternity Council. “Each year we designate our philanthropy and this year all the money goes to ‘Distance 4 Dreams.’”
“Distance 4 Dreams” is a U.D. student organization that helps send a local child with a life-threatening disease on a dream vacation to Disney World and other Florida theme parks. It’s a partnership with the Special Wish Foundation and Give Kids the World Village.
After donating at the blood drive students emptied their pockets for the “Penny War” fundraiser for “Distance 4 Dreams” and wrote get well wishes to young hospital patients. The winner of the dream vacation will be named in October.
“We actually had enough sign-up,” said Pi Beta Phi donor Colleen Farelli from Long Island, New York. “I was the fourth donor but I still wanted to donate for a good cause.”
“This is one of my busiest weeks, but the blood drive was the best for me,” said Theta Phi Alpha donor Anika Desloge from St. Louis, “and I don’t mind needles!”
“I think we have at least eight,”said donor Brendan Kinzler from Pittsburg, whose Phi Kappa Psi chapter is off to a strong start. “Last night was ‘Trivia Night’ and we got first! I guess we know our trivia!”
With the blood drive completed the Greeks will concentrate on games and athletic competitions mid-week and finish Greek Week Friday with top scoring dance competition.
“We won last year,” said Alpha Phi donor Emily Bruckner, a first-time donor from Chicago. “We were leading up to it and got third in the dance and won Greek Week overall.” But Brendan Kinzler says watch out for Phi Kappa Psi because “We have three new dance routines!”