Alpha Sigma Alpha fed hundreds of hungry college students spaghetti, and in the process, raised over $2,000 for its philanthropies.
ΑΣΑ hosted its annual spaghetti dinner on Feb. 10 and 11 — a tradition that has lasted about 15 years. Guests were served spaghetti, salad and brownies, and they could draw on paper tablecloths with crayons, meet some of the girls in the sorority and tour ΑΣΑ’s house for only $8 per guest.
ΑΣΑ’s Fundraising Chair Taylor Brown, a junior elementary education major, said she hoped the sorority would raise a lot of money from the spaghetti dinner, especially since “it’s going to a good cause.”
All of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation’s philanthropies: the Special Olympics, the S. June Smith Center and Girls on the Run. Philanthropies are nonprofit organizations that help the welfare of individuals by providing services. Sororities and fraternities are given different philanthropic organizations to fundraise for.
“I think (our philanthropies) appreciate us donating this money. I think any help that we can give back to them is great,” Brittany Furjanic, a senior communication major, said.
Along with raising money for their philanthropies, several girls said they hoped the dinner would help them meet new people on campus.
Brook Hunt, a senior early childhood education major, said the spaghetti dinner fundraiser was a great way for the sisters in ΑΣΑ to make new friends.
Hanna Schuster, a junior cell and molecular biology major, said she liked seeing different people come together at one event to help each other out.
Many of the 300 guests who attended said they liked supporting ΑΣΑ, especially since the money raised would be donated.
“I mainly came out to support them, but the fact that there’s food is a big plus,” Kara Venzian, a junior political science major, said. “I’ll eat for anything, but eating for a good cause is even better.”
“This is something our community looks forward to attending every year and supporting these women,” Libby Shannon, a junior special education major and president of the Panhellenic Council, said.