The Greek Week committee donated more than $6,000 in checks and canned food to local organizations at the end of University Union (UU) Hour May 3.
President of the Greek Week executive board and mathematics junior Sarah Ortiz and Student Life and Leadership Director Diego Silva presented $1,600 to the Miracle Mile for Kids, $2,000 to Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, $1,800 to the Lucia Mar Unified School District and $600 to the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter.
All of the money was raised during Greek Week events last month, such as the lip-sync and doughnut eating competitions, a fundraiser with The Habit Burger Grill and a canned food contest.
Approximately 1,800 cans of food were collected during the canned food contest and donated to the San Luis Obispo Food Bank.
“It was a great, successful Greek Week,” Silva said. “We raised more this year than last year and superseded our goals.”
Silva said the most rewarding events during Greek Week were the ones where students were able to interact with kids.
Each organization expressed its gratitude to Cal Poly’s greek life as they joined the representatives onstage, and Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County even presented a decorated canvas to Silva to thank the students who participated.
“It’s really neat to know we raised this much money,” Ortiz said. “It feels really, really good to know that greeks supported these organizations.”
Interfraternity Council director of public relations and agricultural business sophomore Jason Colombini, said he was thrilled about the success of Greek Week.
“I expected a lot, but I did not expect it to be this great,” Colombini said. “I’m really excited about it.”
During Greek Week, approximately 30 fraternities and sororities came together in a week of games, sports, philanthropy and team bonding.
Silva said in consideration of the Delta Sigma Phi and Sigma Pi fraternity investigations that happened before and during Greek Week, this success is “a rejuvenator for sure.”
“The fruits of our labor were showed today,” Silva said, “and everyone feels more accomplished.”