Sweetheart Helps Chapter Get Creative to Raise Money for Kids
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Posted by: Stephen Lee
By Stephen Lee
The Phi Kaps at Bridgewater State have quite the sweetheart. “I’m really into crafts” said Jacquelyn Mann. “I even have an Instagram dedicated to them!”
Sensing an opportunity, a brother asked Miss Mann if she’d be interested in hosting a craft night benefitting Children’s Miracle Network.
She loved the idea, and “Painting
with a Purpose” was born. Brothers jumped into action, publicizing the event and selling tickets around campus.
Ross Perry (Bridgewater, ‘19) helped plan the event. He explained how the original goal was to sell at least ten tickets, but it quickly turned into a hot-ticket event that sold out.
“The amount of support we received from the campus community, especially other Greek organizations, was overwhelming” said Perry, also the chapter’s public relations chairman. “Their support is ultimately the reason why this event was such a great success.”
Participants gathered on Friday, March 24th to paint their own canvas, complete with mountains, a gorgeous sunset and the silhouette of hot air balloons (which happens to be CMN’s logo). Jacquelyn was the art instructor.
“It was so fun to see everyone get so into their art work and want to see it come out well”, said Jacquelyn. “Everyone would ask me for help to make sure they were on the right track. It was an awesome night for a good cause.”
Once finished, many novice painters gifted their artwork to the chapter, who will turn around and donate the art to Boston Children’s Hospital.
For Jacquelyn, the event hit home.
“My nine-year-old sister was at the
event. She was diagnosed with autism at Boston Children’s Hospital, so seeing her paint at the event made it come full circle for me. It’s such a good cause that has impacted my family and a lot of the Phi Kaps, so knowing we raised awareness and money to help other children in need was really heartwarming.”
As a child, Brother Daniel Camarda (Bridgewater, ’18) received treatment at the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Now VP of Social Development, Daniel oversaw production of Painting with a Purpose. “After seeing how well the event went I was so happy and proud to be a brother of Phi Kappa Theta. It really is an amazing feeling to look around and see all the effort your brothers are putting into something solely for the benefit of others.”
Jensy Brea (Bridgewater, ‘19), Philanthropy Chairman, said “not only was it fun for us, it was for a bigger purpose. It made me feel like being a member of Phi Kappa Theta is making a difference, and we will continue to try to make events successful like this one”.
The chapter’s president, Kyle Bueno (Bridgewater, ’18), proclaimed the painting event a success. “We raised over $400 for CMN, and we’re hoping to make this an annual event!” He also thanked members from Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Pi for participating in the event.
The Massachusetts Zeta Chapter hopes to donate the artwork to Boston Children’s Hospital in April 2017.