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USC’s frats and sororities raised over $570K for charity last semester, report says

Members of the Kappa Alpha Order at the University of South Carolina pose for a picture after raising money for Camp Cole, a Midlands-based retreat for people who are physically and mentally ill.
Members of the Kappa Alpha Order at the University of South Carolina pose for a picture after raising money for Camp Cole, a Midlands-based retreat for people who are physically and mentally ill.

Fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina reported raising $571,572 for charity last semester, a new report shows.

USC’s 13 sororities, which have nearly twice as many people as the fraternities, did most of the heavy lifting. The sororities raised 79 percent of the money for charity and completed 84 percent of the Greek life community’s 51,887 community service hours, according to the report.

Fraternities and sororities at USC raised a similar amount of money in the Spring 2018 semester, according to the university’s website. In all of 2018, fraternities and sororities raised $1.14 million for charity and completed 107,000 hours of community service. In fall 2017, USC’s Greek life organizations raised $340,740 for charity, according to the university’s fall 2017 report.

“Total money raised (for) philanthropy has gone up over the last few years,” said Jarod Holt, USC’s director of fraternity and sorority life. “I think this report... encapsulates what our students are doing.”

Though USC doesn’t require fraternities and sororities to complete a certain number of community service hours or raise a certain amount of money, many organizations require their members to do so, Holt said.

The Kappa Alpha Order raised more money for charity than any other fraternity in fall 2018. Through its Dancing With The KAs event, the chapter raised $29,200 for Camp Cole, a Midlands retreat for people suffering from mental and physical illnesses, according to a release from the fraternity.

Camp Cole was founded by Kappa Alpha alumnus Scott Sawyer, who lost a child — whose name was Cole — to cancer and whose late wife was involved with CAMP KEMO, a program similar to Camp Cole.

Since 2016, Kappa Alpha has raised $83,459 for Camp Cole, chapter president Jack Fallon said.

“It means a lot to us because we have a lot of connections to the camp,” Fallon said. “It’s a big event for us every year.”

The amount of money raised for charity by sororities in fall 2018, according to fall 2018 Greek life report:

  • Delta Delta Delta: $90,000
  • Kappa Delta: $63,000
  • Alpha Xi Delta: $44,376
  • Alpha Gamma Delta: $42,978
  • Delta Zeta: $41,000
  • Alpha Chi Omega: $53,053
  • Gamma Phi Beta: $31,000
  • Chi Omega: $30,000
  • Zeta Tau Alpha: $26,251
  • Phi Mu: $21,000
  • Alpha Delta Pi: $12,000
  • Pi Beta Phi: $10,403
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma: $2,558

Amount of money raised for charity by fraternities in fall 2018

  • Kappa Alpha Order: $29,200
  • Pi Kappa Alpha: $23,850
  • Phi Delta Theta: $13,450
  • Phi Kappa Sigma: $10,456
  • Chi Psi: $10,000
  • Kappa Sigma: $6,343
  • Pi Kappa Phi: $6,000
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi: $5,600
  • Phi Sigma Kappa: $5,000
  • Lambda Chi Alpha: $4,326
  • Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji): $3,700
  • Sigma Nu: $1,100
  • Theta Chi: $437
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: $200

Lucas Daprile has been covering the University of South Carolina and higher education since March 2018. Before working for The State, he graduated from Ohio University and worked as an investigative reporter at TCPalm in Stuart, FL. There, where he won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his political and environmental coverage.


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