This semester I had the opportunity to help with Phi Beta Chi’s Breakfast for Bethesda for the first time. This is our biggest fundraiser to support our philanthropy, Bethesda Lutheran Communities. I was so excited to finally have the chance to participate in this event after hearing about it from other sisters last semester. Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a non-profit organization that strives to enhance lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services, while also sharing the good new of Jesus Christ. Their services work largely through the matching of persons with essential resources and communities that can assist them to living life to the fullest.
Breakfast for Bethesda is an event that we hold in our house, and we invite outside guests to join us in supporting Bethesda with the purchase of a ticket to eat breakfast. It was really exciting to see so many new faces and people in our house and to share that space with the greater Carolina community, all in the spirit of helping a cause very close to our hearts.
The work to prepare for this event began with planning long before the day of the breakfast. Laura Deem did a wonderful job organizing the shifts and coordinating everything that needed to be done for this even to be such a success. Each sister sold five tickets friends from outside of the sorority, which is how we raised the money for Bethesda.
At the event I got to cook pancakes alongside some of my wonderful sisters. We had such a good time working in the kitchen together and working around the initial struggle with tripping the breaker with our many griddles. Even though we ran into a roadblock with power sources initially, we were able to calmly work through it and still have fun making pancakes together. When we all come together for big events like this, it is so cool to see how everyone can work together to get something done. Other jobs included preparing fruit, cooking bacon and sausage, setting tables, making drinks, welcoming guests, and working as a runner between different jobs.
After cooking and preparing for guests, I had the pleasure of eating the food we made and sharing the meal with some sisters as well as friends who I had invited to the breakfast. This year we had an outstanding turn out and we were able to work efficiently in order to serve and provide for all those who came out to support our philanthropy dinner. The hard work and planning definitely paid off. We were able to raise $3,355.40 for Bethesda Lutheran Communities. It’s so exciting to see the impact that our sisterhood can have when we work together with the support of our family and friends. I can’t wait to help with Breakfast for Bethesda again next year, and see what more we will be able to do for such a wonderful cause.