Greeks turn geek for philanthropy

Members of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority organized the first annual event to provide funds to philanthropy.  (Photo provided by Taylor Delgado)
Members of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority organized the first annual event to provide funds to philanthropy. (Photo provided by Taylor Delgado)

Phi Sigma Sigma sorority hosted their first annual Greeks to Geeks tournament on Saturday. The organization raised over $400 for their national philanthropy, readiness in education for young women.

The event coordinators, juniors Erica Huttunen and Amanda Tomaselli, are the philanthropy and fundraising chairs for their sorority. The pair had been working together all semester and planned the event, which the organization believes was successful.

“So many people told us how great they thought the event was. Everyone seemed to think it was a good idea,” Tomaselli said.

Huttunen and Tomaselli contacted the heads of other Greek organizations across campus. The heads of each organization put together a team of three people. After the team was created, they were required to donate $20 that would go toward the cause. Other members of their organizations and all students across campus were invited to sit in the audience for an admission price of $2.

Three members of Delta Kappa Kappa received prizes during the event on Saturday.  (Photo provided by Taylor Delgado)
Three members of Delta Kappa Kappa received prizes during the event on Saturday. (Photo provided by Taylor Delgado)

“We were so happy so many other Greek organizations came out to support us,” Huttunen said. “Although we’re all our own organizations, we really come together as a community when someone needs support.”

The admission fee came with raffle tickets and each person entered for a chance to win a vast array of prizes, donated to the cause by local businesses. Businesses like Garafolo’s, Vona’s, The Ritz, Fajita Grill and more donated almost $500 worth of prizes for the event.

The names of each organization were chosen at random and three teams faced off at a time in three different rounds. The teams were asked trivia questions that ranged in topics from Oswego Greek life to famous wars, and to medical terms. Each range had a Final Jeopardy question that allowed the team to wage whatever amount of points they wished. Whichever team had the highest amount of points at the end of each round was automatically entered into the final round. The final round was just one question and the teams were asked to wage points once again.

Some of the prizes available to those who participated in the tournament.  (Photo provided by Taylor Delgado)
Some of the prizes available to those who participated in the tournament. (Photo provided by Taylor Delgado)

After answering the question, “How many chapters of Phi Sigma Sigma are there across the country?” correctly with 115, the brothers of Delta Kappa Kappa came in first place. Alpha Phi Omega placed second, with Sigma Alpha Epsilon coming in third place. All three teams won gift cards to various restaurants. All of the people who played in the tournament were given coupons to Fajita Grill and prizes were given out randomly to the audience.

When asked about the event’s success, Huttunen and Tomaselli said they and their organization were all very pleased.

“It went great,” Tomaselli said. “Hopefully next year’s is even better.”