Last night was our Chick-fil-a fundraiser night at the Chick-fil-a on Chastain Road in Kennesaw, GA. Heather, our treasurer, worked it out with this Chick-fil-a location for us to hold a spirit night from 5:00-8:00. During this time frame, the restaurant placed a box at the register in which people could drop their receipts. For each receipt in the box, we receive 20% of those total purchases! This was such a great fundraiser for us; Chick-fil-ais so generous! Although we do not know our total amount yet, we should know soon. (Thank you to Brad Roper, the franchised restaurant operator of this location!)
On Facebook yesterday, I changed my status to read, “Help ΩΦΑ help others! TONIGHT is our fundraiser night at the Chick-fil-a on Chastain Rd. Go there between 5:00-8:00, order, and say, “I”M EATING FOR OMEGA PHI ALPHA.” They will give us a percentage of your purchase- it’s that easy! 🙂 Please pass this along and take all of your friends with you to Chick-fil-a TONIGHT!!!!” Many other sisters copied my status and made it their status as well. I was feeling so much Omega Phi Alpha love on Facebook last night! For both our fundraiser night and this blog itself! (Thank you, Lauren!!) Here is a look at my wall:
Now, back to the Chick-fil-a fundraiser night… Since we didn’t spend any money on this fundraiser, it will be beneficial for us no matter how much we make.Unlike the bake sales, etc. that we have done in the past, each sister did not spend money on materials only for the sorority to make less than what we spent… These fundraising events have been especially frustrating for me in the past, and I am glad that we are going in a different direction. Here is a picture of everyone who was at Chick-fil-a when I was there (around 7:00):
Heather has found another fundraiser for us along the same lines. We will be working with a relatively new, local pizza place in Kennesaw to hand out coupons. These coupons will have our name on them, and for each coupon that is used at the restaurant, Omega Phi Alpha will receive $3! Heather asked me last night at Chick-fil-a if I would come up with a logo for these coupons. Here is what I came up with: interpretation
She emailed it to the guy at the restaurant, and I think that we are still waiting to hear back from him to see whether or not this image will work for our coupons. Once the image is finalized, we should have the coupons within a week, and we will be able to start handing them out on campus and in the community. I am really excited for this fundraising project as well, because I think that it will be really successful for us! Also, we will be hopefully generate some good business for this up-and-coming restaurant. More info to come on this project!
October is breast cancer awareness month! As someone with a breast cancer survivor in my family, this month and this project are very important to me.
This week, on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00-4:00, we held our annual “yogurt table” in the Student Center. For this service project, we buy tons of Yoplait yogurt and give it out for free on campus. FREE! All that students (or teachers, or university staff, or basically any people who walk by our table) have to do is give us the lid! (That is where our nifty little slogan comes from : “Take off your tops.”)
As you can see on the Yoplait homepage, the goal is to “save lids to save lives.” For each pink lid that you save and send back, Yoplait donates ten cents to the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research up to $2 million!
Here is a commercial for Yoplait’s efforts that I found online…
For Omega Phi Alpha, this is a great way for us to get our name out there to the university community, and I think that this is the main reason that we continue to do this project year to year. Many students were very excited to see us again, and some told us that this is something they look forward to every October. Now that is some dedication to the Susan G. Komen foundation… or maybe a devote love for yogurt. Either way, we got their lid, and they are helping us make a difference!
Now, regarding our slogan- I think it is cute and catchy. I also think that it looks cute on our shirts, but mostly I think that we are setting ourselves up for trouble. For example, when I was volunteering at our table on Tuesday morning, I asked a couple of guys, “Hey, do you want some free yogurt?” And they responded with, “Which one of you is going to take your top off?” Being awkward me, I didn’t really say anything and caused a really uncomfortable moment for myself before he finally responded, “Just kidding.” Of course, I should have responded with a smart comment or at least responded, but I couldn’t think that fast… It was early.
Also, Scrappy, the Kennesaw State University mascot, came to our yogurt table! I was in class, but Katelynn posted a picture on Facebook. I was especially excited to see that a couple of OPA Alumnae commented on the photo. 🙂
Along with this vital connection to the university community that this service project fosters, another plus for us was that once we had people interested in our free yogurt, it gave us a great opportunity to tell them about our fundraiser night that we have coming up at Chick-fil-a. Graciously, the Chick-fil-a on Chastain Road in Kennesaw has agreed to give us a percentage of each person’s purchase between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26th who mentions Omega Phi Alpha! All that you have to do is go eat there and say, “I’m eating for Omega Phi Alpha.” It’s that easy! Lily and I sat at the yogurt table in the morning, and then when it was time for us to go to class, we took yogurt with us for our classmates and professor. As Lily was passing out the yogurt and spoons, I took that opportunity to tell our class about our fundraiser. I hope that some of them will go and remember to say “Omega Phi Alpha,” because that is the most important part. As you can see, while service is our main focus, we still have a lot of other things that go on in our sorority like fundraising and sisterhood.