|Title||University of San Diego Fraternity Donates Thousands to Local Charity|
|Contact||Pamela Gray Payton|
|Contact E-mail||grayp, at sandiego.edu|
|Contact Phone||(619) 260-4681|
After raising $30,000 in one week, the University of San Diego Lambda Chi Alpha chapter will hold a check signing ceremony to present the generous donation to the Center for Community Solutions. The presentation will be held Thursday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Hahn University Center at USD.
Fueled by a competition among USD Greek chapters to solicit ads in a university-distributed book, Lambda Chi Alpha raised money by asking for donations from local companies, parents and friends. Throughout the fundraising week, Lambda Chi Alpha hosted "Jail N Bail," an activity where students could pay $3 to put someone in "jail." Prisoners could wait 10 minutes or pay $5 to immediately get out of "jail." Other fundraising activities included selling food and drinks at the USD Greek Life Carnival Day.
"We chose to donate the raised funds to the Center for Community Solutions because of their commitment to creating safe and healthy local communities," says Ryan Jetton, USD president of Lambda Chi Alpha. "Although we recognize the importance of contributing to national charities, Lambda Chi Alpha realized that $30,000 would provide a greater positive impact to a local charity directly involved in our own San Diego community."
The funds raised will assist the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) in providing a full complement of sexual assault prevention and intervention services. Each year CCS provides services to more than 20,000 San Diegans. "CCS is honored to have been selected by the USD's Lambda Chi Alpha chapter," says Verna Griffin-Tabor, executive director of CCS. "We commend their efforts to raise awareness about and support for sexual assault and domestic violence. The social responsibility they demonstrated through these efforts is a wonderful example to the entire community".
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.