AOII's International Philanthropy, The Arthritis Foundation, is a cause that is so special to us as an organization. More than 23 million people struggle with Arthritis each day, and it limits their ability to do daily activities such as standing, bending, walking, and climbing stairs. Together, AOII chapters around the world raise money each year as an effort to help Arthritis stop hurting.
Kappa Tau chapter hosts an annual "Strike Out Arthritis" bowling tournament to raise money for our philanthropy. We are honored each year to raise awareness for this cause by having family, friends, and even children with juvenille arthritis in attendance, whom our girls have met through attending Juvenille Arthritis camps during the summer.
Throughout the year, we also hold a variety of "give back" nights at local vendors such as La Caretta and Kendra Scott. We also held our second annual "Smoke Out Arthritis" baseball tailgate this spring with friends and family. We were humbled to raise $21,124.58 for the Arthritis Foundation this year!
Our favorite time of the year comes in mid-June when our sisters travel to Camp M.A.S.H. (Make Arthritis Stop Hurting), a Juvenille Arthritis camp benefiting children in the surrounding areas that struggle with this disease. Children are able to participate in activities such as ziplining, horeseback riding, and canoeing; all things that allow them to overcome their limitations and empower them to realize that they are just like everyone else.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also know as MADD, is our local philanthropy that we serve as Kappa Tau chapter. Each year, we host a 5k MADD Dash, during which family, friends, and members of the Greek community gather on campus to participate in the run. This foundation is very dear to our hearts, as we honor one of our late sister's whose life was taken too short by a drunk driving accident.
Each year our 5k has a different theme, this past year's being "Color Run"! Pariticpants recieve a t-shirt and a number upon arrival, and gear up for the route throughout campus. We always love when MADD Dash comes around each fall because we not only get to be in community with the people we love, but we get to raise our voices for an amazing cause.