On February 22nd, we hosted our annual major philanthropy event, Breakfast for Bethesda. Almost 400 sisters and their friends and family members came together at the Phi Beta Chi House to enjoy a delicious breakfast dinner that evening. Each of the sisters contributed to ticket sales and other public relations events, and many volunteered in various positions during the dinner.
We were able to serve not only our community and national philanthropy through this event, but also our fellow sisters. Many went above and beyond their service, including Taylor Newsome and Hannah Crater, who spent hours painting our banner. Anna Jacks, Adelaide Zhao, and Taylor Newsome, the Philanthropy Sub-Chairs, came early to help set up and stayed late to clean. They maintained the fine standards and attained excellence that the women of Phi Beta Chi strive to uphold in all their endeavors.
We also kept costs down. The Bigelow Tea Representative brought 32 boxes of free tea to our event. A DJ came for free and played music when A capella groups weren’t singing. Three chefs who work closely with the sorority donated their time and cooked all the food. Our local charity, The Arc of the Triangle, donated beautiful flowers for every table.
This was our 7th annual fundraiser, and we raised more money than ever before: $3,900 for our national philanthropy, Bethesda Lutheran Communities. It is an organization that seeks to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bethesda provides short-term care, residential facilities, summer camps, employment assistance, assistance locating religious facilities, and more. You can find more information at bethesdalutherancommunities.org.