Iota Omicron is proud to say that our philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education!
Each October at Lander University, we host our annual Pink-Out Week. During this week, we have sisters sitting at our table selling baked goods, koozies, pens, pencils, buttons, shirts, hats, etc. We also have different events for the student body to participate in each day of the week such as cornhole tournaments, bra pong, dunking booth, pie a Zeta. One new activity we had during Pink-Out Week in 2016 was ZTA Paws for a Cause; ZTA got the local humane society to bring dogs up for adoption to campus so students could pet the dogs and enjoy some fun between classes. This week is something ZTA loves to do because we always have a great turn out and it raises a lot of awareness.
In the fall of 2015, Iota Omicron hosted a Pageant, the Miss White Violet pageant, along with the first annual Golf Tournament. This pageant was for girls from 0-18 years of age. There were girls of all ages and from all over the community. The Golf Tournament was held at Hunter Creeks Country Club and was a great day spent raising money for our philanthropy. ZTA hosted the Miss White Violet pageant again in the fall of 2016 and raised $3,436.99 for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.
Another Philanthropy event that we host, is our Pink Pancake Breakfast. Each sister sold 10 or more tickets and everyone came and ate pancakes and sausage. The sisters were divided up as servers, hostesses, and door greeters. We raised over $1,000 and are excited to host this event again in the coming years!
Our sisters also enjoy taking part in the Pretty in Pink pageant at Self- Regional Medical Center. This is a pageant put on by the staff with the participants being cancer survivors. It is a humbling experience because sisters are able to work first-hand with survivors and get involved with the community.
Each year around Easter time, our chapter goes to the Connie Maxwell Childrens Home and hides Easter eggs for the kids. It is a very enjoyable and fun time for our sisters and the children.
For Valentine's Day, every sister makes a Valentine's Day card and a group of girls take them to the nursing home. This is greatly appreciated by the residents and they look forward to it each year.
We hope to get more involved this year in the community with greater oppurtunities!