The Kappa Sigma fraternity is making some changes to their philanthropy, the military heroes campaign, in the hopes of spreading awareness more efficiently and effectively.
Last year, Cole Neese organized a week during each semester to honor America’s troops. Kappa Sigma has decided this year to cancel the spring week and host the event solely in the fall. They chose to officially reserve the week of Sept. 11 for their annual “Military Heroes Week.”
During this philanthropy event, fraternity members will organize a cookout at the Kappa Sigma house and sell American flags for students to place on the quad. Other fundraiser and event details will be released as the week approaches.
“We put it the same week as 9/11 because it makes it that much more powerful,” said Zack Travers, Kappa Sigma’s philanthropy chairman. “The flags on the quad contribute even more to the unity we experience as a nation on that day.”
The money raised during “Military Heroes Week” goes to The Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides comfort homes near military hospitals and Veterans Administration medical centers. Since 1990, the foundation has provided 64 homes and $235 million to veterans and their families.
“My grandfather served, so this is a cause that is close to my heart,” said Reazen McAvoy, treasurer of Kappa Sigma. “In addition to supporting charities that provide rehabilitation for injured veterans, the military heroes campaign gives to organizations that help former members of our armed forces transition back into the civilian lifestyle, which is a difficulty that is often overlooked.”
In addition to the fall philanthropy week, Kappa Sigma is adopting a local philanthropy in the springtime to further support our nation’s soldiers.